BobCat Online Catalog Gets an Upgrade June 18th

During the spring semester, NYU Libraries released a beta version of the new BobCat and sought feedback from users. Thank you, for your willingness to share your experiences and ideas about how we can make BobCat work best for you.

The positive response we saw in the data confirms that moving to the new interface is the right choice to support our users’ research needs now and in the future. 

BobCat will be offline from 9AM – 11AM (E.T.) while we upgrade

  • Bookmarks from the old interface will redirect to the new one once the system is back online. 
  • Bookmarks from BobCat Beta will be disabled.

Visit the NYU Libraries Status Page for alternative resources and updates on system availability.

What will be new in BobCat?

The features of the older version are all available, plus the following:

  • Responsive design is mobile-friendly.
  • Search experience improvements with a single-search bar, collection-scoping, and an update to the advanced search features.
  • Virtual Browse is a new discovery feature.
  • Filters & facets have new features and look.
  • Item details screens were updated.
  • Search history is more robust.
  • Report issues, give feedback or suggest new features right from the interface.
  • Bug fixes and new releases will be more timely

Catalog Search Tool Changes

The catalog search tool on the Libraries’ websites and research guides will also get an update.

  • Use the “Advanced Search” link to pre-filter searches

 Continual Improvements

We welcome feedback and will make ongoing improvements to the system. Use the BobCat Feedback form to share general feedback, report bugs/errors, or suggest new features. Within the BobCat interface use the “Provide feedback” link.

We look forward to continuing the conversations about how NYU Libraries’ can support your discovery needs. 

New Databases: May 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in May 2018:

  • Bloomsbury Food Library offers cross-searchable access to a range of encyclopedias, references works, e-books, and images. Search across numerous ebooks, and key reference works such as Ken Albala’s Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia, the Cambridge World History of Food, Bloomsbury’s Cultural History of Food, and chapters from Food History: Critical and Primary Sources. Explore image collections from institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA.
  • Guangming Ribao Digital Archive (光明日报) contains a central newspaper of the People’s Republic of China, and has been reporting national news for over 60 years. The full-image and full-text Guangming Daily gives comprehensive insights into developments in China in the 19th century and into the 20th century. The database covers the Guangming Daily published from 1949 to 2017.
  • HistoryMakers Digital Archive contains full-texts and video interviews with African-Americans distinguished in the fields of science, culture, politics, the arts, and public life.

Alert: Second Floor of Bobst Library Closes for Renovation

On Tuesday, May 28th, the second floor of Bobst Library will be closed for renovation. Please use the elevators to access floors 3-10. There will be no stair or elevator access to the 2nd floor.

A New Center for Special Collections

Over the next two years, floors 2 and 3 of Bobst Library will be renovated to create a new center for Special Collections. The new space will include a Special Collections reading room, classrooms, and galleries. A redefined North Reading Room for students and researchers will double as event space.  Renovation work on floor 3 will take place in 2019-2020.

Photo: rendering of special collections renovated reading room space
Rendering of the new Special Collections reading room. Image used courtesy of CannonDesign.

New Databases: April 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in April 2018:

  • AtoZ World Food database contains information on national cuisine, food culture, recipes and ingredients from most countries.
  • CSMAR consists of historical financial statements, and stock returns for China’s listed companies (on Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange). Our Library has subscribed to the following dataset(s): China Fund Market Series – Public Fund.  The China Funds Market Research Database collects closed-end funds listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges after the release of Interim Measures on the Management of Securities Investment Funds, and all open-ended funds issued subsequently. 1998 – Current.
  • Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMO) is a discovery portal for color map sheets produced by insurance companies. Users can discover maps by spatial search, annotate, and print map sheets.
  • J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America: The J. Walter Thompson Company Archive documents the history, operation, policies and accomplishments of one of the world’s largest and oldest advertising firms. The papers here reveal many aspects of twentieth-century cultural, social, business, marketing, consumer and economic history while investigating the human psyche.
  • Neustar Localeze: The Localeze Business Registry contains data for millions of business locations (“listings”) in the U.S. including the attributes for that business such as address, phone number, business categories, hours of operation, brands sold, payment types accepted, chain information, and more.

NYU Libraries Invites You to INPUT 2018 (April 30- May 4, Brooklyn)

The NYU Division of Libraries is pleased to offer complimentary registration for INPUT 2018 to NYU students and alumni.  A NYU Libraries sponsor is making this opportunity available to 50 members of the NYU community, and we’re delighted to share it with you!


INPUT 2018

INPUT 2018 is a convergence of international public television storytellers that will take place in Brooklyn, NY. NYU students and alumni interested in media and public television are invited to attend this conference.

Host: Forest Creatures Foundation

Co-Hosts: WNET and Brooklyn College

Dates: April 30 – May 4

Registration Fee: An anonymous donor is generously sponsoring attendance for 50 NYU students and alumni. The registration fee for all sessions will be covered; this fee covers your attendance to any or all of the conference sessions. 

(**Any transportation costs and the attendance to the Midweek Party, which is $40, are not included.)

Registration deadline: April 20

(**We can accept RSVPs beyond this date, however only those who have registered by April 20 will have their name appear on the delegate list.)

Questions and registration, please contact: Whitney Lee @ or


Location: Williamsburg Cinemas (217 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211)

About the event: Discussion topics include the role of public broadcasters in the arena of children’s programming, the use of historic archival material to tell new stories, and the definition of the “war victim” as storyteller. Unlike festivals and markets, the intention of the conference is to exchange, discuss, and share.

Lunch panels include:  A “Conversation with NOVA,” the WNET Hamilton documentary, and Diversity in US Public Television being produced by Harlem based Black Public Media.  There will also be an opportunity for registered delegates to have lunch with commissioning editors from around the world at the Brooklyn Winery where they can pitch their projects, or whatever.   



April 30: Opening reception (5 pm)

May 1: Screenings and discussion (9 am – 7 pm)


Topic: Parental Guidance Suggested: The role of public broadcasters in the arena of children’s programming.

May 2: Screenings and discussion (9 am – 7 pm)    TBD

May 3: Screenings and discussion (9 am – 4 pm); midweek party from 6 pm – 11 pm


Topic: History As You Have Never Seen it Before: Innovative ways of using historic archive material to tell new stories


May 4: Screenings and discussion (9 am – 4 pm)

Topic: Telling War Stories, Far From the Front Lines


For more information about session topics:


Please visit for additional details.



INPUT was founded on the principle that every culture is valuable and deserves respect and recognition. It stimulates an increased awareness of cultural, societal, and national sensibilities as they relate to public television programming from around the world. It has an impact internationally on the delegates attending the conference and, through dialogue, on their colleagues back home. This professional development enriches program selection and thereby benefits the delegates’ respective public television audiences.


New Databases: March 2018

The NYU Libraries regularly acquires new databases. Take a look at the new databases we added to our collection in March 2018:

  • Manupatra is India’s premier legal information resource. It is the largest content aggregator of Indian and International material, linking primary information, secondary material and proprietary analytical content. (For access to materials click “IP Users Click here” under the sign in fields).
  • Nineteenth-Century American Drama: Popular Culture and Entertainment, 1820-1900 includes a wide variety of works such as historical plays, melodramas, political satires, minstrel shows, comic operas, musical extravaganzas, parlor entertainments, adaptations of novels, and many others.
  • Service Newspapers of World War Two is a digital resource that reveals the story of war as told by the newspapers that brought information, entertainment and camaraderie to the forces at home and overseas. Explore over 200 titles from key nations across the globe that took part in the world-changing conflict.
  • Vault Career Intelligence provides insights into potential employers, including organizational culture, pros and cons of working at a firm, etc. Vault also has a series of “Best of” employer lists across different industries and functions. Vault’s ebook “Guides” provide information about careers, including work environment, education requirements, a day in the life, and career outlook.

Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections (4/11 at 6:30pm, Bobst)

Timbuktu and Beyond: The Past, Present and Future of West African Manuscript Collections

A fundamental source for the history of West Africa lies in rich archival collections, most famously the manuscript libraries of Timbuktu. Documents from the Mali and Songhai Empires and the centuries before European colonial rule offer a vital window into the region’s complex ties to the wider Muslim world, and to cultures and polities in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. The participants will discuss their experiences with West African documents, as well as the challenges of consulting and protecting these renowned archives of human history.
Wednesday, April 11 | 6:30-8:00PM (doors at 6pm)
Tamiment Library (10th floor, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library)
Open to the public | Light refreshments


  • Ousmane Kane, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School; author of  Beyond Timbuktu: An Intellectual History of Muslim West Africa (Harvard UP, 2016)
  • Michael Gomez, Professor of History, New York University; author of African Dominion: A New History of Empire in Early and Medieval West Africa (Princeton UP, 2017)
  • Alexandra Huddleston, photographer and photojournalist; author of 333 Saints: A Life of Scholarship in Timbuktu (Kyoudai, 2013)
(Co-sponsored by New York University’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department, History Department, Africana Studies Department, and Medieval & Renaissance Center, with support from Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science.)