The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, often referred to as Bobst Library or Bobst, is the main library at New York University in New York City. Located at 70 Washington Square South between La Guardia Place and the Schwartz pedestrian plaza, across from the southeast corner of Washington Square Park, it is named after its benefactor, Elmer Holmes Bobst who gave 11.5 million dollars towards its ultimate completion and opening on September 12, 1973.
Mr. Bobst was a leading figure in pharmaceuticals, public health, philanthropy, and a confidant of U.S. President Richard Nixon. He was also a long-time trustee at New York University. The library, built in 1972, is the university's largest library and one of the largest academic libraries in the U.S. Designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, the 12-story, ~39 500 m² (425,000 square feet) structure is the flagship of an eight-library, 4.5 million-volume system that provides students and faculty members with access to the World's scholarship and serves as a center for the university community's intellectual life.
It houses more than 3.3 million volumes, 20,000 journals, and over 3.5 million microforms; and provides access to thousands of electronic resources in the forms of licensed databases, e-journals and other formats both on-site and to the university community around the world via the Internet. The library is visited by more than 6,500 users per day, and circulates almost one million books annually.
The library houses several distinct special collections departments, including the Fales Library, the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives, and the University Archives of NYU. On the north side, on even floors, are large, double-height study rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Washington Square Park.