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Getting Help

Whether you need a book, article, or film for class; want help pinpointing references for an art project; need assistance navigating patent law; or just want a lunch recommendation (we actually crowdsourced this one), we're always happy to help.

  • Visit us in person on the first floor of the Foundation Building, located at 7 East 7th Street in lower Manhattan. Hours fluctuate based on whether or not school is in session, so be sure to check our website to make sure that we're open.

  • Email us at If you want to get in touch with a specific person at the library, check out our contact list.

  • Call us at (212) 353-4188 - this will take you to the circulation desk. You can also dial an individual line listed on our contact list.

  • Chat us online! Just click the red "ask a librarian" tab on the right to start your research journey.

Need help finding your way around campus? You can always ask us, of course, but we now also have beautiful maps created by Nathan Feniak A'24: 

Center for Writing and Learning

Now located in the northeast corner of the Library, the Center for Writing and Learning offers support and feedback on all types of written and spoken communication for the students, staff, and faculty at The Cooper Union. You may sign up for a one-time session to work with a Writing Associate on an as-needed basis or ongoing sessions. A student enrolled in ongoing sessions meets with the same Associate at the same time every week. This allows the Writing Associate to take a long-term view of your development as a reader, writer, speaker, and thinker. 

Not sure if you need help with writing or research? No worries! Let us know when you are scheduled to meet with a writing associate and see if they mind if a librarian joins the session. 

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