Cooper Union Library

Academic Advising

In addition to the dean, an academic adviser is available in the office of Humanities and Social Sciences for consultation by students in all three schools. Students are also encouraged to see the advice of individual faculty members about general curricular and scholarly matters. A course instructor may not sign add/drop forms, determine transfer or AP credits, or pre-approve courses to be taken elsewhere. Such questions must be referred to the dean's office.

The Center for Writing

The communication of ideas in written and oral form is central to an education in the arts. All humanities, social sciences and art history courses include a substantial writing requirement and additional requirements for presentations. The Center for Writing offers feedback, support, and instruction in all areas of written and spoken communication. The Center is staffed by experienced teachers, writers and editors, most with advanced graduate degrees. The Center offers one-on-one and small group sessions; students may sign up for single appointments as needed or may enroll for regularly scheduled ongoing sessions. Center associates provide feedback, work with students on issues of structure and argument and help all writers—regardless of level—to engage with their work more effectively. The Center also offers special support for non-native English speakers, students with learning difficulties, and students without a strong background in writing, as well as intensive support for students working on Fulbright and other grants.


The Cooper Union Library's 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.

The Library houses approximately 100,000 volumes of books and back issues of periodicals, the current issues of over 300 periodicals, as well as CD-ROM, microfilm and microfiche. Electronic resources include Internet access and databases in many subject areas.

  • 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.