Campus update: While we've worked hard to preserve the possibility that students could return, the remainder of the spring semester will be conducted online. Staff will work remotely until at least April 20. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.


Changes to Library Access During the Coronavirus Pandemic

While the Cooper Union Library remains closed and we are no longer able to circulate print materials, all due dates have been extended through the end of May, and no overdue fines will accrue during this time. If you have books currently checked out from Cooper Union or other libraries, please hang on to them and we will happily take them back when we reopen.

To continue to support you as you learn and work remotely we have organized a suite of online search tools and resources. The guide includes both Open Access Resources and Licensed Resources in science and engineering, art and architecture, humanities and social sciences, and multidisciplinary areas.  

To access Cooper Union’s licensed resources, you will need to enter the barcode number on the back of your Cooper Union ID (a 14-digit number starting with 21206). If you have any trouble, please email us at, and we will make sure your barcode is “active” in the system. Similarly, the barcode on the back of your NYPL card gives you access to their online resources. If you do not have an NYPL card, we can help guide you through that process – just email the same address above.

We also encourage you to take advantage of our interlibrary loan service to request electronic copies of books, book chapters, articles and other materials you need that are not available through the Cooper Union Library.  

Beginning Monday, March 30, the “Ask Us” chat service that will be available on our website and staffed by our Library team to provide real-time assistance with finding information and accessing resources. Please don’t hesitate to contact us whenever you have a question

The Cooper Union Library’s collections and services support the academic programs of the three degree-granting schools of Art, Architecture and Engineering, as well as the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Located on the ground floor of the Foundation Building, the Library houses over 100,000 volumes of books and periodicals, maintains collections that include visual and historic materials, and provides access to a wide variety of electronic resources, including more than 70,000 e-journals and over 200,000 e-books. The Cooper librarians are subject specialists who respond to users’ information needs, provide individual and group instruction in research techniques, interact with faculty to keep abreast of curriculum changes and needs, and develop the Library’s collections of information resources.

Through consortial agreements, the Cooper Union Library offers access for students, faculty and administrators to collections at a wide variety of private academic libraries in New York City. Reciprocal access and/or borrowing privileges are offered at most of New York University’s libraries, including the engineering, mathematics, and fine arts libraries; as well as the New School Libraries, the New York School of Interior Design Library, and the library of the Cardozo School of Law. Cooper Union librarians can also make referrals to virtually any private library in the metropolitan area for access to their resources.

Alumni have continued access to the Cooper Union Library at no cost, and can re-establish borrowing privileges for an annual fee. 

Library Hours When Classes Are in Session

Monday - Thursday 8:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 8:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.


The Cooper Archives
Available by appointment.

For further assistance or information, please call (212) 353-4186, or visit the Library website.

  • 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.