Before Bobst Library opened in 1973, NYU owned just over one million volumes stored in 30 different locations with no central catalog. Today, the striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, is the flagship of a nine-library, 4.5 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. The Bobst Library houses more than 3.3 million volumes, 20 thousand journals, and over 3.5 million microforms, and provides access to thousands of electronic resources both on-site and to the NYU community around the world via the Internet. The Library is visited by more than 6,500 users per day and circulates almost one million books annually.
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