Special Collections Renovation Project

Can a renovation project radically transform not just space, but also what happens in it?

Just watch!

Bobst Library’s second floor is under construction. When it reopens, the wealth of our special collections will be exposed like never before – and research into their rich resources will be more efficient, more rewarding, and more revelatory.

We are creating a new Special Collections Center, co-locating services for all our special collections (Fales Library, Tamiment Library, and the University Archives) on Floor 2, where for the first time researchers will be able to request materials from all three and use them in one place.

We’re proud of these renowned collections. Their stories are fascinating, important, and often surprisingly interconnected, and we want them to be more discoverable. On your first visit to the Center, you will feel a sense of transparency. A lighted glass entryway will lead you through a gallery lined with cases exposing special collections content. Two more galleries will display even more items, with exhibitions designed by our special collections curators as well as by students and faculty.

The Center will have its own classrooms, so our curators can expand their already active schedule of special collections-based teaching. A media room will facilitate the use of audio and video content, and researchers will be able to get expert help from staff in a consultation room just off the spacious reading room. All Special Collections staff will be based in the Center, for efficiency and better service to all visitors.

The on-site collections will have a new home on Floor 3, in more than 17,000 square feet of secure, climate-controlled storage, connected to Floor 2 by a staff elevator. The entire project will be completed by the end of 2020.

Floor 2’s North Reading Room overlooking Washington Square is also being renovated. When it reopens, it will continue to be a quiet study space (with great views), but will also be equipped to serve as an events space – the better to engage the greater NYU community and the public with the riches of our Special Collections.

For questions regarding the Special Collections Renovation Project, please contact specialcollections@nyu.edu.