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The ISAW Library is a full-service, non-circulating library of approximately 40,000 volumes related to the history, language, literature, and material culture of the ancient world, from the Western Mediterranean across the Near East and Eurasia to Northern China.

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Our collection mission is two-fold: to build and maintain a core collections onsite representing the various disciplines within ISAW’s academic scope; and to build research capacity in areas of the ancient world not well represented in other NYU partner libraries, such as Bobst Library and the Chan Library at the Institute of Fine Arts, or other institutions in the metropolitan area, such as the Bass Library at the American Numismatic Society, Butler Library at Columbia University, and the Watson Library in the Metropolitan Museum

The strengths of the ISAW Library collection thus mirror the research and teaching interests of ISAW's faculty and students: we have extensive holdings in Greek and Roman material culture and history, Egyptology, Mesopotamian Archaeology and Assyriology, Central Asia and Iran, and Early China.

The ISAW Library also seeks to play an active role in developing and providing access to electronic resources for the ancient world through a variety of digital projects, including the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL).

The library is located on four floors of the building, with three floors of movable stacks and one of carrels for graduate students. Space outside the stack core includes work space for visitors and for library staff.

The Library is open 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (excluding University holidays) to the New York University community and all scholars and students of the ancient world who need to consult its collection.

The ISAW Library collections are searchable via Bobcat, the catalog of print and electronic resources of NYU Libraries, including audio and video. NYU students, staff and faculty should remember to s for additional personalized services, including access to online resources on or off campus.