Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library

The Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library was the visual arts library of The New School University. Used primarily by students in the Parsons of Design division of The New School, it was located in the Sheila Johnson Design Center, in New York City's Greenwich Village.

Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library
CountryUnited States of America
TypeVisual Arts
LocationNew York City

Founding and Closing

Prior the merging of Parson with The New School of Social Research in 1970,[1] the library had gone by the name Parsons Design Library. In 1972, the library was renamed after donor Adam Gimbel, and in 1982 there was a re-dedication ceremony to honor both Adam and his wife Sophie.[2] The library was closed on January 1, 2014[3] when New School opened a new library facility located on the 6th floor of 63 Fifth Avenue.[4]


Gimbel was the second largest library at the university, with a total of 121,371 holdings. 50,000 book volumes, 200 periodical subscriptions and over 20 art-and-design-specific online database subscriptions. [5] Current New School Libraries include:

  • List Center Library
  • University Center Library
  • Performing Arts Library
  • Archives and Special Collections

The majority of the Gimbel's old collections were migrated to the University Center Library by the end of 2013.[3]

See also


  1. "History | Parsons School of Design". Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  2. WWD; New York. 1982. “Adam And Sophie Gimbel Library Rededication Set,” November 17, 1982.
  3. “The Gimbel Library (@gimbeldesignlib) / Twitter.” n.d. Twitter. Accessed September 16, 2019.
  4. Adam L. Gimbel Design Library. 1972. Parsons School of Design Presents a Student and Alumni Fashion Show: And Ceremony Marking the College’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary and the Establishment of the Adam L. Gimbel Design Library. New York: Parsons School of Design.
  5. “Gimbel Art and Design Library.” n.d. Foursquare. Accessed September 16, 2019.

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