The John McEnroe Library was established in 1994 with a generous grant from the John McEnroe Foundation.
The Library's mission is to support the New York Studio School's programs and courses by providing materials and information for students, faculty, staff, and visiting lecturers. Holdings include monographs on artists, art historical texts, art periodicals, and exhibition catalogs, as well as an extensive lecture archive, comprised of audio and video recordings of lectures from the past 30 years, featuring artists, historians, critics, and philosophers.
The Library provides an online catalog to check the holdings of the collection, as well as access to research databases and indexes that aid in scholarly research.
There are currently five computers available in the Library for student use, all of which allow access to and printing from the Internet. Students are encouraged to use the Library for visual research, studying, reading, and watching or listening to lectures from the Lecture Archive.
Library hours change each semester and during marathons and school breaks. The Library is open to alumni and the public on an appointment-only basis. Orientation sessions are held at the beginning of the fall semester for all students, and on an individual basis thereafter.