The Conservation Center Library

The Conservation Center Library is a non-circulating research collection located on the second floor of the Stephen Chan House, at 14 East 78th Street. It supports the research and curricular needs of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, which offers a graduate program in the technology and conservation of works of art and historic artifacts. The library contains 14,000 volumes, subscribes to 220 periodicals, and includes rare book and videotape collections. All Conservation Center Library holdings are represented in BobCat, NYU's online library catalog. The library is divided into three levels. 2F comprises the main Reading Room, the Reference Collection, course and personal reserve shelves, and the Lawrence J. Majewski Rare Book Collection. Level 2M consists of the periodicals stacks, a BobCat terminal, and a photocopier. Level 2R houses book stacks, a second BobCat terminal, and a videotape-viewing installation. Four computer terminals for student use also are located here.

Access to the Conservation Center Library

Book and periodical stacks and the Reading Room are available to the general IFA community during staffed hours. Unrestricted access to the Chan House is extended only to Conservation Center faculty and students, and to other students currently enrolled in Conservation Center courses.

NYU and Consortium faculty, IFA Alumni Association Members, IFA Connoisseurs Circle members, outside scholars, conservators and museum professionals are welcome during business hours for consultation of items unique to the Conservation Center Library within the metropolitan area. An appointment is required. The Library honors OCLCand METRO referrals. (METRO, the New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, offers a referral service for access to materials in member libraries throughout the metropolitan area. A METRO referral card may be obtained at the visitor's host institution, or at the New York Public Library.)

Proper identification is required for access to the Conservation Center Library.

Eating, smoking and cell phone use are prohibited.