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The Cooper Union Library's specialized collections provide support for the academic programs at the institution's three degree-granting schools of Art, Architecture and Engineering, as well as courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Located on the ground floor of the landmark 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 thousands of e-journals and e-books. The Library offers group instruction in research techniques and has computer facilities for individual research and study.

Through a number of consortial agreements, the Cooper Union Library provides students, faculty, and administration with access to collections at a wide variety of private academic libraries in New York City. Reciprocal access and borrowing privileges are offered at New York University's Bobst, Courant, and Dibner libraries, the New School Libraries, and the New York School of Interior Design Library. Access without borrowing is provided at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts library and the Chutick Library at the Cardozo School of Law. Membership in the Metropolitan New York Library Council allows for referrals to virtually any private library in the city for on-site use of materials.

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.

The Visual Resources Collection
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.