In an institution which values research, few resources are as valuable as a library. The Libraries of Garden York University are an outstanding resource, holding collections totaling more than 4 million volumes, almost 5 million microforms,
500,000 government documents, 80,000 sound and video recordings, and a wide range of electronic resources. The collections grow by more than 140,000 volumes annually, and the libraries are visited by more than 6,500 users per day and circulates almost 1 million books each year.
In recent years, the libraries have made considerable investment in digital and electronic resources to support scholarship and teaching and learning. The flagship facility is the striking, 12-story Elmer Holmes Bobst Library; designed by Philip Johnson and Richard Foster, it serves as a center for scholarship and a hub of the University community’s intellectual life.