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Newman at a Glance

The Library and Technology building that houses the William and Anita Newman Library was originally constructed in 1894 for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company of New York, then taken over by the Lexington Company, and served as a power station for the City’s cable car system.

Newman Library as a power station

The Library was dedicated on May 19, 1994 after an extensive renovation that won numerous awards including:

  • American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Excellence in Design
  • Award of Excellence for Library Architecture, presented jointly by the American Library Association and the American Institute of Architects
  • Library Buildings Award, presented by the Library Administration and Management Section of the American Library Association
  • Certificate of Merit from the Municipal Art Society of New York
  • Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, presented by the New York Landmarks Conservancy

Newman Library exterior

The Library is a part of the 330,000 square foot Library and Technology Center, which also houses a 400 seat student computing lab, Subotnick Financial Services Center, conference center, and several administrative offices of the College.

Library atrium

In 2003 the Library received the prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries award from the Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association.The award recognizes “academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to develop academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions.”

The Library has an active instruction program that offers:

  • a Minor in Information Studies
  • credit courses open to all undergraduate students
  • course-related instruction sessions
  • workshops in the Subotnick Financial Services Center
  • personal research consultations
  • award winning online tutorials

The Library is home to unique research collections:

  • Archives of the Institute of Public Administration
  • Luther Gulick Papers
  • Archives of the Municipal Assistance Corporation
  • Technical Analysis Educational Foundation Library
  • Jack Bigel Collection

The Library is a member of:

  • The City University of New York Library System
  • New York Metropolitan Library Council
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • Center for Research Libraries

Summary Data on the Newman Library

Facilities Numbers
Seats 1,450
Group Study Rooms 29
Open Hours per Week 119
Classrooms 3
Collections Numbers
Number of Print Book Volumes 330,647
Number of eBook Titles 515,356
Units of Microform 2,066,697
Serial Titles (print & digital) 117,795
Services Numbers
Book Circulation Transactions (annual) 141,568
In-Person Reference Transactions and Consultations (annual) 10,392
Virtual Reference Transactions (annual) 2,433
Interlibrary Loans (Loaned / Borrowed) 3071 / 2815
Number of Staff (FTE) 56
Technology Numbers
Laptops Available for Loan 385
Public Computers in Library 104
e-book & e-Journal use (annual) 1,315,205