The NYSID Library, located in the 70th street building, has more than 15,000 books — on architecture, design, decorative arts, art history, construction codes and standards, and sustainable design. The library also holds a broad range of other items, such as journals, electronic databases, digital images, and audiovisual material. The library also manages a large collection of manufacturers' samples  swatches of fabrics, wallpapers, floor coverings, paints, carpeting, and textiles. 

In addition, NYSID students have borrowing privileges at New York University’s Bobst Library, the New School's University Center Library, and the Cooper Union Library, as well as the resources available through the NYSID Library’s membership in the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) — a consortium of more than 300 regional libraries.

NYSID Announces Billy Chi Hing Kwan as the New Director of the Library.

Materials Libraries

The Library maintains two materials collections, the Mario Buatta Materials Atelier, on the 2nd floor of the 70th Street building, and the Ruth and C.J. Trimble Materials Collection, at the Graduate Center, which focuses on sustainable design. The materials collections provide a wide selection of donated samples for students to use in projects. Samples are donated by showrooms and firms in the New York area, then sorted and organized by library staff. Manufacturer and vendor catalogs for furnishings, lighting, fixtures and hardware are also available in both collections. Read more.