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Access to The Cooper Union Library

Beginning Monday, November 1, we will reopen to affiliates of the libraries of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, the Cardozo School of Law Library, and researchers affiliated with member libraries of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).

The following health and safety measures are required for access: 

  • Valid proof of vaccination (e.g. CDC vaccination card, NYS Excelsior Pass, etc.) 

    • NYU affiliates must show NYU Daily COVID-19 Screener. 

    • TNS affiliates must show their “Campus Access Granted” green screen. 

  • Government or school-issued ID 

  • Facial covering 

If you have not been vaccinated, we are still happy to help you get the materials you need. Please contact us for more information.  

Access to The New School Libraries

Beginning Monday, November 1, The New School (TNS) Libraries and Archives will reopen to Cooper Union students and faculty.

Be sure to check the hours of the library you plan to visit. When you arrive, show TNS security personnel your green CUSAFE Vaccine Passport and your Cooper Union ID. 

Access to NYU's Bobst Library

Beginning Wednesday, November 10, NYU's Bobst Library will reopen to Cooper Union students and faculty who have been fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past week.

  • To access Bobst Library, you must use the NYU Daily COVID-19 Screener. The Daily Screener is a questionnaire available through the NYU Mobile app (Apple and Android) for smartphones. If you cannot use NYU Mobile, you can complete the screener online.

  • Students and faculty must access the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access using their Cooper Union email address. If you have not been vaccinated or you have not tested negative within the past week, your email address will not be accepted and you will not be able to complete the questionnaire. 

  • You must complete the Daily Screener prior to arriving at the Bobst Library. Upon successful completion, you will receive a green “pass” screen and a confirmation email. To access Bobst Library, show your green screener to the Public Safety Officer and your Cooper Union ID. 

  • Entering an NYU building without having first successfully completed the Daily Screener could result in your card being deactivated, barring you from entering NYU facilities.

  • All students and faculty must wear a face covering at all times while in the library, including group or individual study rooms. Eating is not permitted in the library except in the Quick Stop on Lower Level 1. Failure to comply with all NYU policies  will result in loss of access to NYU.

  • Students and faculty are not permitted on-campus if they have spent 24 hours or more in a country with a CDC level 4 travel notice in the past 10 days.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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: 

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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