Hours & Access

The ISAW Library is open 9-5, Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays recognized by New York University.

All members of the NYU community who hold a valid NYU ID are welcome to use the Library and its collections for research projects related to the ancient world. Students and scholars from other academic institutions and independent scholars are also welcome during regular hours if they have research projects requiring the use of the ISAW Library materials. All visitors must present a valid institutional or personal identification in order to enter the building. Please write or call the Library if you have questions related to your visit.

Please note that due to our small size, the Library has limited visitor workspace on the fourth and fifth floors. We also cannot offer shelf or carrel space to hold books.

Circulation on the third floor and the reading rooms on floors four and five are accessible via an elevator. Our stacks are open but only accessible by stairs. Library staff at circulation are available to assist researchers with using the catalog and paging materials.

After Hours Access

Access to the ISAW Library outside of regular hours is restricted to active members of the ISAW research community who have been granted swipe-access privileges while the building is open. If you are an NYU graduate student or research affiliate who has a compelling reason to use the ISAW Library after hours (e.g., you are writing a dissertation on an aspect of the ancient world and an ISAW faculty member sits on your dissertation committee), please write to David Ratzan, the Head Librarian, about the possibility of being sponsored for after-hours privileges.