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The New School Libraries & Archives provides access to collections, services and spaces sufficient in quality, depth, diversity, format and currency to support the research and teaching missions of The New School. Together, these collections, services and spaces support The New School’s interdisciplinary approach to education and offer an excellent starting place for research.

Visit us onsite at the List Center Library, University Center Library, and Performing Arts Library, as well as at the Archives & Special Collections in the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.


The specialized holdings of each collection include a wealth of books, journals, scores, sound and video recordings (feature films, television programs, and musical performances), archival materials, rare artist’s books, and visual images that are available to the university community (archival collections are also available to the general public).

All materials are discoverable online through the library catalog (BobCat) search portal on the Libraries and Archives’ homepage.

In BobCat, offsite items can be requested. Offsite items are generally delivered in 48-72 hours. The New School Libraries & Archives subscribe to electronic databases that include such digital content as e-books, scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, musical scores, sound and video recordings, and images.

Currently-enrolled students, faculty, and staff may access databases on-campus or off-campus signing into MyNewSchool.

Detailed guides to the archives’ collections will be found on the Archives & Special Collections page, and digital materials from the archives accessed on the Digital Collections site.


The Libraries & Archives offer faculty and students assistance with and instruction in research methodologies and information literacy through:

The New School Libraries & Archives also has a robust course reserves system in Canvas. When necessary, library staff are available to work with faculty to secure copyright clearance. Learn more at About Reserves.


Please check our Hours & Locations for exact hours. The archives is open for research visits by appointment Monday-Friday.

In addition to our own materials and spaces, New School faculty and degree-seeking students are also able to check out physical books at NYU’s Bobst Library and the Cooper Union library, and are able to read books on-site at other libraries such as New York School of Interior Design and Cardozo libraries.

Libraries, Collections & Academic Services

66 West 12th Street, room 409

Ed Scarcelle
Associate Provost for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services
Stephen Serwin
Executive Secretary for Libraries, Collections & Academic Services
212.229.5598 x3149

Access & User Services

Access & User Services are responsible for managing the daily check-in/check-out processes of the Libraries & Archives' collections. They also are responsible for working with library fines, mediating physical access to NYU Bobst and other libraries, assessing off-campus database problems, transporting materials to different New School libraries and borrowing through the Inter-Library Loan service.

Andrew Toulas
Director of Access and User Services
212.229.5307 x3054
Lyndon Achee
Assistant to the Librarian
Delivery Services
Gregory Briggler
Assistant to the Librarian
Performing Arts Library
Mariah Butts
Assistant to the Librarian
Deborah Claire
Assistant to the Librarian
List Library
Nirvan Govind
Assistant Director for Personnel and Budgeting
Dwight Jackson
Assistant to the Librarian
Melanie Mabee
Assistant Director for Weekend and Delivery Services
Jen Roth
Assistant Director for Overnight Services and Library Operations
Abby Sumner
Assistant to the Librarian

Archives & Special Collections

66 Fifth Avenue - Lobby Level

The New School Archives & Special Collections consist of records documenting the history of many schools and programs at The New School, as well as archival and special collections of outside persons and organizations connected to a diverse range of subjects of interest to the New School community, including twentieth century American design and music, philosophy, and the evolution of adult education.

Wendy Scheir
212.229.5942 x2888
Irene Gates
Associate Archivist for Archival Processing
Katherine Martinez
Assistant Director of Digital Archives
212.229.5307 x2348
Jenny Swadosh
212.229.5942 x2978

Research & Instructional Services

63 Fifth Avenue - Room 703

Reference and Instruction staff offer a variety of instructional assistance to library patrons- assistance through email, face-to-face appointments, as well as group and in-class instruction can all be scheduled. The New School Libraries & Archives’ physical and digital collections are curated by the Subject Librarians, a team of subject specialists--also called selectors--who make purchase decisions based on requests from students, faculty, and staff, course syllabi, and subject expertise.

Kira Appel
212.229.5307 x4119
Paul Abruzzo
Instructional Services
212.229.5307 x3055
Carmen Hendershott
Reference Librarian
212.229.5307 x3053
Nicole LaMoreaux
Assistant Director of Research and Instructional Services
212.229.5307 x4288
Brita Servaes
Undergraduate Services
212.229.5307 x3163
Greg Sigman
Assistant Director of Research and Instructional Services
212.580.0210 x4827
Jennifer Yao Weinraub
Reference and Instruction
212.229.5307 x4285

Digital Libraries & Technical Services

66 West 12th, room 511

The Digital Library & Technical Services staff perform a variety of support functions throughout the library - acquiring, licensing, cataloging, and making materials, chosen by Reference & Instruction, accessible in either the physical or electronic collections.

Allen Jones
212.229.5307 x4502

Metadata & Collection Services

Keiko Suzuki
Assistant Director
Metadata & Collection Services
212.229.5307 x4406
Will Edmiston
Copyright and Reserves
212.229.5307 x4551
Vera Hoar-Rouse
Assistant to the Librarian
Images and Metadata
212.229.5307 x4150
Noemi Montes
Assistant to the Librarian
212.229.5307 x3164
Togu Oppusunggu
Assistant to the Librarian
212.229.5307 x3153


David Hill
Assistant Director
Electronic Resources & Serials
212.229.5307 x4662
Sonya Duffy
Acquisitions & Ordering
212.229.5307 x4303
Mei-Ling Leung
Assistant to the Librarian
212.229.5307 x3162
Christian Loor
Assistant to the Librarian
212.229.5307 x4120

Digital Libraries & Technical Services

55 West 13th, rooms 927a-b

Systems & Library Technology

Joshua Dull
Assistant Director
Library Systems
Steven Duran
Technical Specialist
212.229.5307 x4045
Katie Sweatman
Senior Office Assistant - Systems
212.229.5307 x2118