Great libraries are essential to great universities. They support and empower scholarship and research innovation. The NYU Division of Libraries is an 8-library, 6 million-volume system that continually enhances its on-site and online services and resources for students and faculty and expands its research collections in all formats, from paper to electronic and multimedia. NYU Libraries provides students and faculty with access to the world’s scholarship; its resources and services are central to the University community’s intellectual life.
The system flagship is the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, which houses millions of volumes, 53,320 serial titles, and over 43,000 linear feet of archives. The Libraries catalog also provides NYU’s global community with access to thousands of electronic resources. Bobst Library receives 10,000 visits per day and circulates 159,000 items annually. Within Bobst is the Special Collections Center, which houses the Fales Collections of literature, food studies, and New York City avant-garde culture; and the Tamiment Library/Wagner Labor Archives, internationally known and uniquely strong in the history of left politics, labor, and social protest movements. Bobst Library also contains the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media; specialized services to assist students and faculty with digital projects and data collection/statistical computing; the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department for the care of special collections materials in formats ranging from papyrus to film and tape; and more than 2,600 seats for study and computing.