Histories of The New School Libraries

The libraries of The New School have been a vital source for scholarly study and creative inspiration throughout the history of the school. Before their incorporation as a unified Library, The New School, Parsons School of Design, and Mannes School of Music each had separate libraries. The various libraries have since been integrated and reorganized to serve the university at large. This slideshow offers a brief history, tracing each library as it progresses toward its current form. Today the New School Libraries offer a multi-format collection that includes physical, electronic, and audiovisual content, along with access to shared resources in consortium libraries. The New School Libraries collections, services, and spaces are available at the following locations: List Center Library, 6 East 16th Street, 8th floor; Arnhold Forum Library, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, 6th and 7th floors; Library for the Performing Arts, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd and 9th floors. Unless otherwise noted, all images are courtesy of The New School Archives and Special Collections.