The Consortium of New York Academic Libraries

The Institute of Fine Arts is part of a consortium of New York academic libraries, established in 1977 by New York University.

In addition to NYU Library holdings, BOBCAT contains the holdings of the various member libraries of the South Manhattan Consortium. Retrospective conversion of the member libraries' card catalogs is well underway. Each library in the Consortium has a its own BOBCAT library code; most of these are self-explanatory (e.g. `Cooper' for the Cooper Union Library.)

Access Privileges at Consortium Libraries

IFA students are entitled to reading and borrowing privileges at Consortium libraries. In order to gain access to Consortium libraries, students must have an up-to-date bar-coded NYU Photo ID card. Member Libraries include:

The Cooper-Union Library
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

Strong collections in architecture, engineering and modern art and design. Most architecture books are in open stack reserve and do not leave the library.

Raymond Fogelman Library
New School for Social Research
65 Fifth Avenue, Lower level
New York, NY 10003

A circulating collection strong in social and political sciences and philosophy. The large reserve collection supports study across all subjects taught at the New School.

Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library
Parsons: The NewSchool for Design
2 West Thirteenth Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10011

Parsons Library collections support the art, architecture, and design programs of Parsons School of Design. Areas of strength include modern art history, design, and textiles.


Over 200 academic, public and special libraries in the New York metropolitan area are members of METRO. The most useful service METRO provides for all library users is the METRO referral card, which allows on-site reading access to materials at all member libraries. The METRO card permits use of a specific title for a period of time determined by the host library. The subject strengths, access policies, and phone numbers of each METRO Library are listed in the METRO Handbook and Directory (available in the IFA Reference Room.) While most NYC libraries relevant to IFA students' research do not require a METRO card, a number of special libraries may. If in doubt, check with the IFA Reference Librarian.