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2021-22 TNS Libraries Updates and Resources

Please note that the following is subject to change. 


Libraries spaces and locations. The University Center, List and Performing Arts Libraries are places to come together and produce research and creativity. The spaces are open following all University health guidelines. Hours by location for the semester are posted on the Hours & Locations page of the library website. 

We offer the following services in our spaces: 

  • quiet study areas,

  • bookable rooms,

  • physical reserves (faculty, please see the Fall 2021 Reserves Letter), 

  • desktop computers,

  • laptops for checkout (coming later in the semester),

  • printing* & scanning. 

*Printing services are also provided around campus by IT. 

Access to NYU spaces. There will not be physical access to NYU and consortium libraries for at least the first half of the Fall semester; access policies may expand later in the semester. New School patrons still have access to NYU’s print collections through EZBorrow (learn more). Articles and book chapters may be requested via Inter-Library Loan (ILL). Queries for complete eBooks should be submitted via Request a Purchase. For access to a specific database and all questions of any kind, please Ask Us!

Alumni and outside visitors. Alumni and outside visitors do not have access to physical spaces so far this semester. Alumni and external scholars may contact a New School Librarian via or chat and Ask Us questions. Click here for more information. May 2020 and May 2021 graduates will continue to have remote access to online library resources through September 13.

Research Services. Subject Librarians are available for online and in-person research assistance and library instruction. In-class library sessions or 1-on-1 research consultations can be accommodated with advance notice. Chat or email us anytime via Ask Us. Chat hours are posted on our website. For students who are on campus and need a private space to meet virtually with a librarian or tutor, we can assist with locating space in the following buildings: 66 West 12th Street, 63 Fifth Avenue, 6 East 16th Street. 

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

- The New School Libraries

Access to Materials

Physical materials:
  • Place requests for books in our collections. You will receive a confirmation email (to your address) when your items are ready for pick up at The New School Libraries location you selected. 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 overdue 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. 

  • EZBorrow is available. 

  • Physical reserves are available this Fall. (Faculty, please see the Fall Reserves Letter for Faculty.) If you need assistance, please Ask Us.

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

  • Scans of offsite material may be requested through the catalog. 

  • Inter-Library Loan requests for scans of book chapters and articles are being fulfilled. 

  • 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 continue to review all requests for electronic materials.

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 drops are accessible when buildings are open (see Building Hours). 

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  the same as building hours. 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)