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2020 TNS Libraries COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Academic Year 2020-2021: Fall

The New School Libraries & Archives services will be continuing through the fall: 


Library Pick-Up, Scanning, and Resource-Sharing Update

*Please note that the following is all subject to change.*  

The New School community may return materials to book drops located in the lobbies of the University Center (63 Fifth Avenue) and Arnhold Hall (55 West 13th Street) from 8am-9pm, Monday-Friday. (See Procedures for Reserving Campus Resources on The New School COVID-19 Heath & Safety site for information about gaining access to buildings.) If you are unable to return your books on campus, please email so that we can provide you with a shipping label.

This fall semester, patrons will be able to 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 pickup. All pickups are by appointment only, on the 2nd floor at Arnhold Hall.

Scanning of chapters from onsite physical books—within copyright allowances— and articles will be available in the fall semester. Scanning services of materials located offsite and requesting articles through ILL are still available. Submit scanning requests through the library catalog.  

We’re working closely with our consortial partners to expand access to content. As more institutions open, we’ll have more resource sharing options available. If you need materials and are not finding it in our Books & More search, please Ask Us

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 Fall semester. 

Questions? Please chat and Ask Us!

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, which will include directions for how to schedule a pickup. All pickups are by appointment only, on the 2nd floor at Arnhold Hall. 

  • Access to all consortial libraries including NYU's Bobst Library and Cooper Union is not available at this time. 

  • 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 not available. 

  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL) services are currently suspended for print materials. To see if there are alternatives, please Ask Us.

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

Electronic materials:

  • ILL requests for scans of book chapters and articles will be fulfilled whenever possible.

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

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

  • Library staff will continue to review all requests for electronic materials though response times may increase due to temporary staff reductions.

Returning Materials

  • Books may now be returned in person on weekdays between the hours of 8am and 9pm, 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). The book drops are placed before the security gates, so it is not necessary to sign into the building with you return books or other library materials.

The Book Drop at Arnhold Hall                Book return in the University Center lobby

  • If you cannot return items in person, please contact us at to make other arrangements. 

  • Library fines are suspended and not accruing. In addition, we’re currently not collecting payments for fines.

  • 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 Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, 
  • 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 to the left for more information and resources.

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