As an NYU DC student, you have access to all the online journals, books, media, etc. in the NYU Libraries system. If you need printed/hard-copy materials, you have 3 main options:

  • On-site library with required books for current courses
  • Requesting scans of materials from the NYU NYC library
  • Going to local public or academic libraries.

(1) NYU DC Library Options

A. Reading ReserveRequired* and most optional texts and movies required for the semester.

  • The list of required/optional readings is online (it is a static inventory so it will not show if a student currently has a book checked out)
  • NYU DC only has one copy of textbooks ; non-textbook books tend to have 2 copies or sometimes more
  • *If NYU libraries has an e-book copy, NYU DC does not purchase a hard copy for the site. We may also not have a copy if the class requires everyone have their own copy of an item (i.e., a workbook that you have to use/write in, etc.).
  • Items may not be taken out of the building.
  • Borrowing terms:
    • The books will be at the student worker desk located on the second floor with a self-checkout binder.
    • Please sign out and sign back in books for up to 3 hours.
    • Books/films should not leave the building
    • Failure to return the books promptly or damage/loss of books may result in loss of privileges for 2-3 weeks and/or a charge to your student account for a replacement book/film.

B. Closed stacks set of books as part of the NYU DC Library Local Collection.

(2) NYU NYC Library Scan Requests

While abroad, students still have some access to NYU NYC’s library holdings and services:

  • The “start page” for students studying abroad with information on avoiding plagiarism, how to chat with a subject-expert librarian, and how to search NYU’s vast e-holdings of journals and e-books.
  • NYU Libraries staff will not ship books to DC, but they are willing to scan portions of physical books (according and up to Fair Use guidelines). Usually you’ll need to plan to submit your request 3-10 days in advance of when you’d need the material. 

(3) Local Library Access

Finally, a number of libraries in the city could be options for study space or physical books. Before you go, though—especially to a distant library—you may want to call ahead to confirm that access/what you want to do has not changed since this post was created. 

GW LIBRARIES (Gelman or Eckles)

  • Location: 2130 H Street, NW (Gelman Library. Take the metro to Foggy Bottom-GWU or ride the Circulator’s Georgetown-Union Station route), (202) 994-6558
  • Access: Show your NYU ID. NYU is a member of the ARL: access to the library, but no borrowing privileges.
  • If you can’t find materials/log in through their website, try this direct link to their catalog:
  • Hours (need to leave by midnight)
  • WiFi/eduroam
  • Photocopies 





  • Location: 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW (Take the free AU shuttle from the Tenleytown/AU stop on the Red line), (202) 885-3232
  • Access: Visitors are allowed until 11pm or closing (whichever is earlier)
  • Hours
  • WiFi
  • Photocopies 


  • Location: 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Building 41 (Take the Red Line to Shady Grove/Grosvenor and get off at Van Ness/UDC)
  • Hours
  • Access: Visitors are allowed, but cannot borrow 


  • Location: 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002 ; on the Red Line from Metro Center to NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave Station
  • Questions:
  • Access: “Gallaudet University Library is open to the public.  Visitors are welcome to use Library materials in the Library.” You will not have borrowing privileges