Community Access Program

Community Access to the NYUAD Library

As part of NYU Abu Dhabi’s mission to support the research and scholarship needs of the broader community, the NYUAD Library welcomes individuals with research needs to access its collections via the Community Access Program (CAP).

Members of the community are granted in-person access to the library to conduct research, study, and read using our collections, through an online application process, below. Community Access is granted on an annual basis. 

To ensure the NYUAD Library contains the material most suitable to patrons’ work, applicants should include their area of research and, where possible, the specific resources they need. The available resources can be found by searching the library catalog.

Due to university policy regarding minors on campus, we can only accommodate visitors aged 18 and above through our Community Access Program. If you are seeking to use the NYUAD Library for research related to your IB Extended Essay or other secondary school projects, please contact your IB coordinator or school librarian to see if a class visit is planned. The NYUAD Library often hosts high school visits for students working on their extended essays. Alternatively, a guardian may complete the CAP application form below and accompany you during your visit.

Access to Archives and Special Collections

Community members who need to conduct research using primary source materials are also encouraged to visit the university’s Archives and Special Collections, which is the University's repository for rare books and archival materials, specialized subject collections, manuscripts, photographs, and map collections. 

How to Access Archives and Special Collections

Submit questions and requests directly to Archives and Special Collections at The Collection is open for in-person services by appointment only, and appointments should be made at least 48 business hours in advance.

Community Access Program Application Form

Please complete the registration form below.

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Upload a Copy of Your Government-issued ID (e.g., Emirates ID, passport)

Please note that photos should be in a single file and should follow this file name structure "Last name_First name" (e.g., Smith_Jill.pdf).


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