Earth Day | Sustainability Reading List

I, like many other house-bound folks during quarantine, have promised myself that I want to spend time doing something OTHER than Netflix: work out, maybe even start baking bread? One thing that’s definitely on the list is reading.

For transparency sake, reading also made an appearance on my ‘new year resolution’ list, but trust me – this time, it’s different.

This month is NYU Earth Month. NYU Libraries has compiled a guide to relevant ebooks, online videos, virtual tours, conferences and festivals, and citizen science projects.

We picked a list of environmental must-reads. Some are fiction, some are fact, but all of them are fantastic.

01. Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer shares her knowledge as an indigenous scientist through topics like ecological knowledge and teachings that can be found through plants.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, she emphasizes how plants and animals are our oldest teachers, and the traditional wisdom we can learn from them.


02. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for the Green New Deal

Naomi Klein makes the case for a Green New Deal—explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.

On Fire captures the burning urgency of the climate crisis, as well as the fiery energy of a rising political movement demanding a catalytic Green New Deal.


03. New York 2140 

This climate fiction book is mostly set in a fictional future New York City, which has been flooded by two major rises in seawater levels caused by climate change.

Most of New York City is permanently underwater, however, people still live in the upper floors of the buildings, much like in the Venice of today.


04. Drawdown 20 Review

Project Drawdown conducts an ongoing review and analysis of climate solutions—the practices and technologies that can stem and begin to reduce the excess of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere—to provide the world with a current and robust resource.

The publication of the best-selling book Drawdown was the organisation’s inaugural body of work on climate solutions.


Your Library Questions Answered Working Off-Campus

Did you participate in our online Libroary Thursdays?A. Yes

B. No


Both answers are correct. We collected those FAQs and answers here to help your study and research.

If you have any more question while off-campus, feel free to contact us!


Q: What are the ways you can access library resources off-campus?

A: Through the library website or via NYUSH VPN.


Q: I need a book when the campus is closed, what should I do?

A: Submit an interlibrary loan request.


Q: What are some ways to contact the library when the campus is closed?

A. Email the libraryB. Use the “Ask a Librarian” chat box

C. Via the library wechat


Q: Before the library reopens, what is the recommended way to access Course Reserve items?

A. Check ARES course reserves systemB. If what I need is not in ARES, contact


Q:The campus is closed, but I got an email that my books are overdue! What should I do?

A. I will return the book after the campus opensB. If I have questions or concerns, I will contact the library at

Squeezed by your assignment? Ask a librarian

Drive you nuts when searching for resources for your paper?

Locked at home and look for some help for your midterm?

What about asking a librarian?

If you’re worried about what and how to ask for help from our librarians, here are some tips.

1. What can I ask?

We’ve seen all kinds of questions students have asked during the appointments:

How do I know when I’ve searched enough?

How to access a journal article, book, or other publication that’s hard to find?

I haven’t used libraries like this much or at all before. How to use BobCat?

I’m not sure where to start and would like to talk it through.

What are the tips about searching in an unfamiliar discipline?

About what I’ve found – is this a publication? Is it credible? Does it count as peer-reviewed?

How to use Zotero, RefWorks, or EndNote?

It is too much and I am not sure how to narrow what I choose to read.


2. Where to find our librarians?

On Library’s homepage, you can find the chat box. Type your questions directly to the librarians, and they will respond timely online.

(This is not an auto-reply from robots!)

When the chat box goes offline, you can reach out to us through email:

Keep up with Global News

Want to keep up with current events?

Good news!

You can access many of your favorite news sources through the NYU Libraries.

Check out some most popular media platforms for free!

👇 Click the titles to access

The New York Times

  • Diverse channels and perspectives: business, sports, arts, and science

  • Using NYU email address to create a free account first

  • App access: Yes

  • Podcast: The Daily, Sway, The Argument, The Book Review, The Ezra Klein Show, Popcast, Modern Love, Still Processing, The Sunday Read

Wall Street Journal

  • Breaking news and current headlines particularly in business and finance from the US and around the world

  • Using NYU email address to create a free account first

  • App access: Yes

  • Podcast: Bad Bets, What’s News, Minute Briefing, Tech News Briefing, Your Money Briefing, Opinion: Potomac Watch, The Journal, WSJ’s The Future of Everything, The Data Agenda, UBS Business Unusual

A step by step guide to get free access to NYT & WSJ

Caixin Global

  • Up-to-date financial and business news in China

  • No registration required

  • 财新网 also available, independent from its English version, including the magazine 财新周刊

  • App access: Yes

  • Podcast: China Biz Roundup, China Stories, Caixin-Sinica Business Brief

Financial Times

(Currently for NYU Shanghai Only)

  • Stay connected to global news, commentaries, data and analysis

  • No registration required

  • App access: Yes

  • Podcast: FT News Briefing, FT Weekend, Working It, Payne’s Politics, Rachman Review, Top Stories Today, Money Clinic with Claer Barrett

Harvard Business Review

  • A general management magazine, covers a wide range of topics that include leadership, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, and finance.

  • No registration required

  • App access: No

  • Podcast: HBR IdeaCast, Women at Work, Dear HBR, Coaching Real Leaders, The Anxious Achiever, Exponential View, Cold Call, Race at Work, After Hours

The Economist

  • Focus on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology

  • No registration required

  • App access: No

  • Podcast: Editor’s Picks, Checks and Balance, The Intelligence, The Economist Asks, Money Talks, Babbage, The World Ahead

Times Higher Education

  • Academic data, world university rankings, news, opinions, features and book reviews

  • Using NYU email address to create a free account first

  • App access: No

  • Podcast: THE podcast

The Wire China

  • Stories of China’s economic rise, and its influence on global business, finance, trade, labor and the environment

  • No registration required

  • App access: No

South China Morning Post

  • News and insights from Hong Kong, China and the world
  • No registration required
  • App access: No
  • Podcast: Inside China, China Geopolitics, Eat Drink Asia, Post Books Podcast, Behind the Story, Inside China Tech, Asia Briefing, The Adventure Trail, Morning Studio
China Core Newspapers

  • A platform for browsing 617 Chinese popular newspapers starting from 2000

  • Featured Titles: 人民日报, 光明日报, 经济日报, 中国教育报, 中国人口报, 中国证券报, 中国青年报, 环球时报, 解放日报, 解放军报, 文汇报, 东方早报, 上海证券报, 第一财经日报

  • No registration required

  • App access: No

Check out our Research Guide on Accessing Current News Sources. You can browse through some of our more popular news sourcesbrowse newspapers by keyword using one of the recommended databases, and learn how to find the most recent issues of a specific newspaper.

Get Free Magazines on Your Phone

Looking for some leisure reading on a rainy day?

Waiting in line for the COVID PCR test?

Taking a break from online classes?

Take a look at these two digital platforms, which you can get a huge selection of magazines on your phone, tablet or PC — all at no charge.

01 Flipster

  • Easy-to-read, unlimited access to digital magazines, download for offline reading

  • Featured Titles: The Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, the New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair

  • No registration required

02 Pressreader

  • 7000+ newspapers and magazines from 150 countries and in 65 languages

  • Featured Titles: Beijing Review, Chicago Tribune, China Daily, New York Post, The Guardian, The Washington Post, BBC History Magazine, ELLE, Vogue, National Geographic Traveller, Modern Dog, and Modern Cat

  • No registration required


Enjoy reading! If you have any questions, contact us at

Music Library on Your Phone

Whether you’re looking for western classical music, jazz recordings, folk music, or ethnographic recordings, NYU Libraries has several streaming audio databases to help you find high-quality sound recordings from world-class performers, along with detailed liner notes that you might not find through services such as Youtube or Youku.


Naxos Music Library has an emphasis on Western classical music and selections of world music and folk recordings


Naxos Jazz Music Library has rich resources for sound recordings that you can stream directly from your computer.

On the go? 

Take Naxos with you with the Naxos or Naxos Jazz mobile apps, available through iTunes and Google Play

HOW to access the mobile apps?

Step 1

Download the app from your respective store:

A. Naxos Music Library (iTunes, Google Play)

B. NML-Jazz (iTunes, Google Play)

Step 2

If you have a Student Playlist account,

your email address and password will also act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.


If you do not have a Student Playlist account, sign up or ask a librarian for help.

Step 3

Complete the registration process by clicking the activation link in your email.

Step 4

The email address and password you assign will act as your login credentials for the NML mobile apps.

Congratulations! You’re now ready to save personal playlists, and enjoy NML wherever you go. Log in to the NML app and enjoy!

(Please note that under certain rare circumstances, it can take up to 15 minutes for your registration to be completed.)

Remote Access to Financial Terminals

During the remote teaching period, you might need to use financial terminals for your course assignment and research project remotely.

NYU Shanghai Library opens the financial terminals remote access from March 14th, 2022.

To apply for remote access, please fill out applications online:


Important Notes:

You should use financial terminals ONLY for the purpose of course assignments or scholarly research, with the knowledge that for-profit and/or personal uses are forbidden.


Please only log on to the terminal after reserving your time (China Standard Time). Only one user can use the Bloomberg/Wind service at a time. We ask our users to be attentive to their booked slots. Anyone who violates the policy will be banned from using the terminal until the end of the semester.


Each Bloomberg/Wind terminal has a download limit through Excel Add-In (also known as API). When the terminal is at its limit, you will see an error message when loading data and wait for a week (for Wind) or a month (for Bloomberg) before it resets. Please remember to be considerate to fellow users – only download what you need or export data from the terminal interface directly which doesn’t count in the download limit of Excel Add-In.


If all the time slots for Bloomberg are booked, consider using Refinitive Workspace, also known as Eikon and the successor product to Thomson ONE. You can log in via the web platform, or via Refinitiv’s Mac and PC software on your own computer without booking a time slot. Individual account creation is required before you can log in. Librarians at Bobst Library process the requests once a week


Please turn your VPN ( on before you access Bloomberg, Wind or Refinitiv Workspace remotely. If you have any questions on VPN, please contact IT for help through

Online Bloomberg Training Session – Mutual Funds

A new online training for all students and faculty!

Join us to learn the basics and functions of using the Bloomberg terminals, focusing on the module of Mutual Funds, including:

World Mutual Fund Market, Mutual Fund Trade Blotter, Mutual Fund Managers, Fund Screening, Historical Fund Analysis, News Search and Data API.

The Bloomberg analyst will exemplify those functions in the real economy and practical implications, like mutual funds performance and fund risk.

Welcome to bring your questions for the Q&A part.

Time: 12:30 PM – 2 PM | Wednesday, 3/16/2022

Place: Zoom


Note: Due to Bloomberg’s policy, there will be no recording provided after the session. Workshop slides can be shared with the participants if needed.

Library Service Update in the Evolving COVID-19 Situation

Dear faculty, students and staff,As NYU Shanghai moves to swiftly adapt to the evolving COVID-19 situation, our Library is similarly preparing to accommodate this changing situation.We understand that access to library resources and the research services our librarians provide is essential to your learning, teaching and research.To better support you during this period of upheaval, the NYU Shanghai Library has updated our online and on campus services.

Research & Instructional Technology Services

For Faculty who teach online for the first time, you could refer to the Teaching with NYU Zoom guide and other recording resources we had on the Digital Teaching Toolkit site to get prepared.For Students who are going to take class with NYU Zoom for the first time, please follow the guideline before class to get prepared.It is recommended to join the Zoom session 15 mins prior to the class in case any technical issues arise.

Access & Borrowing
For materials not available to you immediately, we highly recommend you to request scanned copies of a book chapter or journal article through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.Meanwhile, you can access millions of e-resources through the library website, which covers databases, ebooks, and multimedia resources.Our Library staff team is available to help you with any question that you might have. You could also contact us by phone (21) 20595615, email or the “Ask a Librarian” chat box on the website. You will receive instant responses to your questions (from human, not a robot!).