The striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, is the flagship of an eleven-library, 5.9 million-volume system that provides students and faculty members with access to the world’s scholarship and serves as a center for the University community’s intellectual life. Bobst Library houses more than four million volumes, 235,000 serial titles, and over 40,000 linear feet of archives and provides access to thousands of electronic resources both on-site and to the global NYU community via the Internet. The Library receives 10,000 visits per day and circulates 304,000 items annually. Bobst Library offers approximately 2,500 seats for student study.
One of the world’s largest academic media centers, the Avery Fisher Center has over 100 audio and video viewing carrels and 3 media-enhanced classrooms; students and researchers use more than 163,000 audio and video recordings per year.
The Digital Studio offers a constantly evolving, leading-edge resource for faculty and student projects and promotes and supports access to digital resources for teaching, learning, research and arts events.
Bobst Library is home to the Fales Collection of English and American Literature, one of the best collections of English and American fiction in the United States; the unique Downtown Collection, which documents the downtown New York literary and arts scene from the 1970s to the mid 1990s; and the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection, which documents American foodways with a focus on New York City. Bobst Library also houses the Tamiment Library, one of the finest collections in the world for scholarly research in the history of labor, socialism, anarchism, communism, and American radicalism. Within Tamiment, the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives hold the Jewish Labor Committee Archives and the historical records of more than 130 New York City labor organizations.