Open Library

The Open Library will re-open in EARLY OCTOBER!

See you soon in 370 Jay Street, Room 625!


The NYU Game Center Open Library is a two branch library with a growing collection of over 3,000 digital and non-digital games. The library supports the Game Center’s undergraduate and graduate coursework, promoting game literacy, critical examination of play, and community engagement through hands-on access to the design history of games.




9:00am - 10:00pm


12:00am - 8:00pm

Closed For Games 101


9:30am - 6:10pm


9:30am - 4:45pm

Thursday (Lecture Nights)

5:00pm - 9:00pm


9:30am - 6:10pm

Our Collections

Cartridge, CD, Non-digital, and Steam Games A full catalog of the library's physical and Steam game collection can be found here. The inventory is also available at the main desk in the library. All games can only be checked-out and played within the Library room. Emulated and DRM-Free Games The library's computers host a collection of 11,000 classic games for consoles ranging from the Magnavox Odyssey to the Sony PSP. Additionally, there are about 300 DRM-free contemporary PC games. The full catalog can found here as well as browsed on the computers.

Borrowing Books

Fall 2019 Note: Book borrowing will be unavailable until Spring 2019.

Books and magazines from the library can be checked out for periods of one week. Up to 3 renewals are allowed. See the librarians at the front desk to check out books.


To request games, books, or hardware for the library, please email Gwynna at with the following information:

  • Game Name

  • Platform / Version

  • Link to purchase, if possible

  • Class / Reason, if applicable

Work in the Open Library

The Open Library is staffed by current undergraduate students in the Game Design department. Students must have work study via NYU to work in the Library. We typically hire new Librarians in August and January for the Fall and Spring semesters respectively.

If you'd like to work in the Library, you can find more information on the position and qualifications here.

Applications are now open for the Fall 2019 semester. Apply by completing the online application here by Tuesday , September 10, 11:59PM.

Feel free to get in touch with Library Manager Gwynna Forgham-Thrift ( with any questions.