The campus is closed and staff will work remotely at least until the governor announces the reopening of the New York City Region. See the Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates page.


Library Access During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Until further notice, the Cooper Union Library space on campus is closed, however, all online resources and services are available through the Cooper Union Library website

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

If you have a question about the Cooper Union Archives, please email us.

We have extended the due date for all library materials to September 8, 2020. Information on returning materials you have checked out will be forthcoming.  

If you have any questions please contact us Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM. 

  • 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.