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Consortium Libraries

Research Library Association of South Manhattan

The Research Library Association of South Manhattan (RLASM) is made up of research libraries that share an online catalog and offer physical access and reciprocal borrowing privileges to student and faculty affiliates. 

RLASM includes the following libraries: 



Access to New York University Libraries

The Bobst Library is open to Cooper Union students, faculty, and staff. 

When you arrive at Bobst, show the guard your Cooper Union ID at the Bobst Security Desk.

Access to The New School Libraries

The New School (TNS) Libraries and Archives are allowing Cooper Union students, faculty and staff members who meet vaccination and booster requirements on campus. Visitors to the Libraries must follow the University’s protocols:

Access to the New York School of Interior Design Library

Starting November 1, 2022, the NYSID Library will no longer require visitors and consortium users to make an appointment or submit their proofs of vaccination prior to their visit. Moreover, masks are no longer required. Please check the website for hours of operation. 

Cardozo School of Law Library

The Cooper Union Library and the Cardozo School of Law Library offer reciprocal physical access to our libraries for study space and onsite use of the collections. The Cardozo Law Library is closed to outside affiliates, including Cooper Union, for certain times of the academic year, so be sure to check the website for updates on access, as well as hours before going.  

METRO Libraries

The Cooper Union Library is a member of the Metropolitan New York Council of Libraries and participates in their Library Referral Program

If Cooper Union students or faculty need a specific book, item, or collection from one of the member libraries, simply stop by the circulation desk at the Cooper Union Library to pick up a referral request form.

The host library will determine the period and length of time you may have access to an item or collection. This service does not give users unlimited access to a library’s materials and does not guarantee they will be available at a given time. In most cases, access is limited to the specific item or subject.

For more info or questions about METRO's referral service, you can contact us or METRO at, or (212) 228-2320 ext 7100.


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