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2020-21 TNS Libraries Updates and Resources

Services Update

Please note that the following is subject to change. 


Dear New School Community:


Though the physical spaces are currently closed, the Libraries continue to offer services during COVID-19, which will continue through the Summer semester. 

Access to printing services and other technology is currently being provided by New School IT (chat IT on their website for more information). 

Please note that NYU spaces are available to a limited number of NYU students only, and for restricted purposes. However, The New School has been offering book pick-up, printing, scanning, making, and practice spaces for the last two semesters. For more information about on-campus services, see the Campus Access page of The New School website, and to book a quiet study space, go to The New School: Get Space.

May 2020 and May 2021 graduates will continue to have remote access to online library resources through September 13.


For Fall, the Libraries expects its physical public spaces to reopen by August 23, following all University health guidelines. A list of services and updates can be found on our Updates guide. Please chat or Ask Us your questions at any time.

When we reopen our spaces, we expect to offer the following services: bookable rooms, physical reserves, printers, and scanners.  

While some staff, such as Subject Librarians and University Learning Center Tutors, will be working remotely, they will be available virtually for appointments and walk-in help. For students who are on campus and need a private space to meet with a librarian or tutor, bookable spaces will be available.

All plans are subject to change. Please continue to check our Updates guide for progress and chat and Ask Us your questions!

- The New School Libraries


Because the safety of students, faculty, and staff is our top priority, and due to the uncertain course of events, library spaces, both at The New School and NYU, will remain closed to patrons for the Spring semester. Questions? Please chat and Ask Us!

Access to Materials

E-Reserves: See the Reserves Letter to Faculty
Physical materials:
  • Place requests for books in our collections. You will receive a confirmation email (to your address) when your items are ready, which will include directions for how to schedule a pick up. All pick ups are by appointment only, on the 2nd floor at Arnhold Hall. [If you can't pick up your items in-person, please contact us via Ask Us (]

  • Please be aware that library fines are now accruing on physical items. Questions or concerns? Please Ask Us ( 

  • For access to copies of books also in NYU's Bobst Library, submit your request via the catalog.  

  • The New York Public Library is offering limited curbside pick up. (See the New York Public Library's website for available resources and services) 

  • E-ZBorrow is available. 

  • Physical reserves are not available. If you need assistance finding an electronic replacement or an alternative solution, please Ask Us.

Electronic materials:
  • All electronic resources remain available to our community on our website.

  • Scans of offsite material may still be requested through the catalog. Limited scanning is available for onsite items: Ask Us. 

  • Inter-Library Loan requests for scans of book chapters and articles will be fulfilled whenever possible. 

  • Faculty may use the "Book Chapter" form on the Course Reserves tab in Canvas and select "Staff Search / Scan - Please have library staff pull the material off the shelves and scan" to submit scan requests.

  • Library staff will continue to review all requests for electronic materials though fulfillment times have increased.

Book Drops

Arnhold Hall Book Return

Book Return at Arnhold Hall

Books may be returned in person via the secure book drops we have placed in the lobbies of Arnhold Hall (55 W. 13th ST) and the University Center (63 5th Avenue). Book drop hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-9pm. 

Book Return at the University Center

University Center Book Return

Both book drops are before the security gates so no need to sign into the building to return books or other library materials. If you cannot return items in person, please contact us at

Returning Materials

  • Return items by dropping them in our book returns located in the lobbies of Arnhold Hall and the University Center. Book drop hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm. Not able to make returns in person? Please contact us at to make other arrangements. 

  • If you have a library fine, we can assist by phone, email or chat (credit card payments only). We encourage you to make an appointment:

  • Library holds on transcripts or registrations due to COVID-19 related issues can be temporarily lifted to allow students to graduate and order transcripts. Please Ask Us if you need a hold lifted.

  • You may renew your books here. (See our FAQ: How do I renew books? or video tutorial: How to Renew Books.)

  • If you have questions, please contact us:


Ask Us! Connect with a Subject Librarian:

  • via chat (hours posted on the Hours & Locations page of the library website), 
  • email us (someone will get back within two working days),
  • or text us (646.480.6309). 

We're available to provide personalized 1-on-1 research help for students, faculty and staff and to give library instruction sessions to classes via Zoom.

Check out the "Remote Services" tab on this guide for more information and resources.

Libraries, Collections and Academic Services (LCAS)