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.