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NYU Welcome: The Libraries

A basic guide to NYU Libraries' resources and services for new NYU students.

Get to Know NYU Libraries

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NYU Libraries has a multitude of resources to support your academic success. When you're new, it can seem overwhelming! Rest assured that our Ask a Librarian service is here to help. No question is too big or small—just ask!

Exterior of Bobst Library.                  Library Buildings and Spaces

Whether you're in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, or other global academic center, there are a variety of study spaces for individual or collaborative work.

Collections

  • Use our catalog to find print books, ebooks, journals, magazines, newspapers, music scores, theater and film scripts, audio and video (DVDs, CDs, and streaming) and more.
  • Use our 1,400+ databases to search for articles, images, data sets, and much more.
  • Discover rare, unique, and archival materials in our Special Collections.

Tools, Services, and Help

  • Research Guides provide a comprehensive approach to doing research in a subject area, link out to essential sources, and introduce you to the librarian who specializes in the subject. There are more than 400 Research Guides in 66 subject categories.
  • Citation tools help students organize research results and create automatically formatted bibliographies.
  • We have a range of services, including Data Services, Digital Scholarship Services, Ask a Librarian for in-person and virtual research help, and more.

Need help getting started with library research? Check out these online tutorials.

NYU Libraries Locations in New York

There are eight library locations at NYU New York

Detail of map of Manhattan and Brooklyn depicting locations of NYU libraries in New York.

  1. Bobst (Main, Washington Sq.)
  2. Brause (Real Estate & SPS programs, Midtown)
  3. Courant (Mathematics, Washington Sq.)
  4. Dibner (Engineering & Technology, Brooklyn)
  5. IFA (Fine Arts, Uptown)
  6. ISAW (Ancient World, Uptown)
  7. Lapidus (Medicine, Murray Hill)
  8. Law (Washington Sq.)

Library Workshops for NYU Welcome

Get a head start learning to use library resources and tools! Sign up for a library workshop on our calendar page.

Some of the workshops you'll find:

  • Research 101: Back to School Basics
  • Research 201: Beyond Basics
  • Managing Your Research and Bibliographies with Citation Tools (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero)
  • U.S. Research Libraries for International Students
  • GIS/Mapping Tools and Services
  • Introduction to Git and GitHub
  • Data Visualization with Tableau
  • Introduction to NYU Special Collections

NYU Reads

NYU Reads icon.Each academic year, NYU Reads brings the NYU community together around a single common reading, chosen by a University committee made up of faculty, student, and administrator representatives. Building on our undergraduate schools’ first-year reading programs, NYU Reads extends this dialogue beyond Welcome Week and opens it up to the entire University community.





Cover of the book Klara and the Sun.This year's pick is Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun, a novel is set in a near future in which certain children, selected for genetic enhancement, are closed off from in-person socialization and are given android companions, termed Artificial Friends (AFs). Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel is narrated from the perspective of one such AF, named Klara.

Klara’s naive, semi-formed understanding of human society—presented in Ishiguro’s beautifully spare prose—is perceptive, but just off-kilter enough to elicit questions about some of our assumptions of how the world works. The novel is a subtle exploration of philosophical questions surrounding artificial intelligence, bioengineering,  mortality, equality, obsolescence, humanity, and love. Learn more on the NYU Reads research guide.