Building Access Policy

Students, Faculty and Staff

Students, faculty and staff must show a current Cooper Union ID card to the security guard upon entering any Cooper Union building.  If you have forgotten or lost your ID card please follow the visitor policy.

In addition, we are instituting a pilot program at 41 Cooper Square that will require individuals entering 41 Cooper Square to swipe in at the lobby guards desk using your Cooper Union ID card.  To swipe in, just tap your ID card on the card reader.  There are two card readers located at the guards desk, one on the East side of the desk and one on the West side.


Visitors must present valid photo identification (drivers license, DMV issued non-driver id, passport or military identification) to the guard upon entering any Cooper Union building.  The guard will contact the person being visited to confirm the appointment.  If the visitor is going to an event, the guard will confirm the details of the event with the visitor.  If the visitor is a student, faculty or staff who does not have an ID the appropriate dean or Directors office will be contacted.  After the guard verifies the visitor's identification the guard will have the visitor sign in and issue a visitors pass.  Visitor's passes must be worn and visible at all times.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.  Please contact Buildings and Grounds at extension 160 with any questions or concerns.  ID cards can be obtained in 41 Cooper Square in room LL215 on Thursdays between 1 and 4 or by appointment.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.