Interlibrary Loan, Article Orders, and Referrals
Interlibrary Loan and Article Ordering
If an item is unavailable at Cooper or within the Consortium, we can usually locate another copy for you, in New York City and beyond. We use the OCLC WorldCat database to locate items for you.
The Library will provide interlibrary loan and article ordering services to current Cooper Union students, staff, faculty, and administration, under these conditions:
- The item is not available at the Consortium libraries (NYU and the New School).
- The item is not readily available at a public library that is conveniently located for the requester.
- The requester would rather wait for the result of this process than use a METRO referral card to gain access to a library in New York City.
- The Cooper Union Library will pay the first $15 for each request. The requester indicates whether or not he or she is willing to pay the cost above $15 per item. It is rare that an additional charge is necessary.
We use electronic methods of requesting and delivery to speed up turnaround time, when possible.
Note: DO NOT attempt to use NYU's electronic interlibrary loan form. It won't work for non-NYU patrons.
The Library is also a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), and can provide referral cards as one time passes to most private academic libraries in the New York City area. You can visit the other library to use the item, but not to borrow it. This may be preferable if you need to see the item quickly.
Areas of Responsibility:
Reference, Circulation (Integrated Library System), Stack Maintenance.
MS, Library & Information Science, The Catholic University of America; BA, Art History, Haverford College, majored at Bryn Mawr College.