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Visiting the Libraries

COVID alert

Due to the campus closure and COVID-19 safety precautions, library access is currently limited to members of the Pratt community who have met the necessary campus access requirements.


The Pratt Institute Libraries' collections are intended primarily for use by current faculty, students and staff.

However, access and borrowing privileges may be provided for persons not currently affiliated with the Institute, provided they have the appropriate identification or special approval from the Director of the Libraries or the Head of Public Services, or the Coordinator of Information Services at the Manhattan Campus.

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Pratt Alumni are entitled to reading privileges at Pratt Libraries with Alumni membership card and photo ID. 

Have a Pratt Alumni Card
To obtain your Pratt Alumni Card, please contact:
Pratt Institute Office of Alumni Relations
North Hall, Room 219
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 636-3635
Pratt Alumni who join Friends of the Libraries may also borrow two items (non media) at a time.  Pratt Alumni wanting borrowing privileges must:

Fill out a Friends of the Pratt Institute Libraries form, checking the ALUMNI box.

Bring or mail the form along with a $50 check payable to Pratt Institute Libraries to:
Dina Buttner, Assistant to the Director
Pratt Institute Libraries
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Friends of the Libraries

To become a Friend of the Libraries, fill out and submit the following form:

  • Regular Friends of the Libraries
    Non-Alumni who become Friends of the Libraries have Library access privileges and may borrow up to 2 books at a time. No ILL.

Academic Libraries of Brooklyn

Members of the Academic Libraries of Brooklyn may use the Libraries upon presentation of their current school ID and ALB card obtained from their home institution.

ALB patrons must register for borrowing privileges at the Brooklyn or Manhattan Campus Circulation Desk.


Faculty and students from other academic institutions within the New York Metropolitan area must present a yellow title referral card (METRO Card), which specifies the titles needed.

METRO Cards are issued by the patron's home library.

For more information about obtaining a METRO Card, visit the METRO website, or speak to a librarian at your library.

Outside Researchers

Persons not affiliated with Pratt Institute who are engaged in research may be granted short term privileges without a fee for up to two consecutive weeks. This must be arranged in advance with the Director of the Libraries or the Head of Public Services or special approval from the Coordinator of Information Services at the Manhattan Campus.

This arrangement provides for on-site use of Library materials only.

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Borrowing and Renewing policies

Library Access Borrowing Rights Amount Term of Privileges ID Required Cost of Privileges
Pratt Alumni (with Friends of the Libraries Membership) Yes 2-book limit Alumni Card 1 year $50.00 fee and a Pratt Alumni Card
Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB) Members Yes 2-book limit School ID & ALB Card ID & Card Term No Cost
New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency (METRO) Members Yes None METRO Card   No Cost
Outside Researchers Advance Arrangement None Personal ID Up to 2 weeks No Cost
Regular Friends of the Library Yes 2-book limit Friends' Card 1 year $100.00

Borrowers are subject to fines & fees per the libraries borrowing policies.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Alumni, Friends of the Libraries, ALB members, METRO card holders, and Continuing & Professional Studies and outside researchers CANNOT use Pratt Institute ILL services.