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The ISAW Library seeks to build and maintain a world-class research library that supports both the core academic areas represented by the ISAW faculty and students, as well as the interdisciplinary, cross-boundary approach to the ancient world that lies at the center of ISAW's intellectual mission. Particular areas of strength therefore include: Greek and Roman material culture and history; Papyrology; Egyptology; Mesopotamian Archaeology and Assyriology; Central Asia and Iran; and Early China. 

As an extension of its mission, the ISAW Library also provides access to and support for new and emerging forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in ancient studies. Several of our current digital projects seek to develop electronic resources for the study of ancient world, as, for example, through 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 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 collection is 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.

For help locating scholarly materials about the ancient world at ISAW, NYU and the metropolitan region, please visit the Finding Resources tab, and for more information about our workspace, services, and policies, please visit Using the Library

The ISAW Library sponsors occasional events and you may follow our progress on the ISAW Library Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.