Cancelled: Classes and Programs Beginning at 4:00 p.m. or Later

Please be advised that NYLS will not hold any classes or programs beginning at 4:00 p.m. or later today, February 12, 2019. Staff may leave beginning at 4:00 p.m. The Library will remain open until midnight. Those classes and programs scheduled for 4:00 p.m. or later today will be rescheduled. NYLS expects to open and operate on a normal schedule tomorrow, February 13, 2019.

NYLS Open Today: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

NYLS is open today as normal. Everyone should exercise caution in traveling to school based on weather conditions. Please monitor our website, social media channels, and NotifyNYLS for any updates. Be sure to check and other regional mass transit channels and news reports for the latest weather and transit information.

If faculty are unable to travel to school, they should please notify students of a class cancellation three hours ahead of the start of class. If staff are unable to travel to campus due to weather conditions, they should contact their supervisors directly.

By 3:00 p.m. today, we’ll update everyone on the status of evening classes.

Please stay safe and warm.

NYLS Early Closure Today; Delayed Opening Tomorrow

Please be aware that today, tonight, and tomorrow morning, temperatures in the New York City area will be extremely low. Local authorities have advised that later this afternoon, bursts of snow and heavy winds are expected, with possible white-out conditions.

Wednesday, January 30: Classes beginning at 4:00 p.m. or later are cancelled and will be rescheduled. NYLS on-campus events scheduled for 4:00 p.m. or later are cancelled. Staff may leave campus beginning at 4:00 p.m. to allow additional travel time.

Thursday, January 31: There will be a delayed opening to allow for possible travel disruptions, particularly for those commuting from outside the city. There will be no classes before 11:00 a.m.; cancelled classes will be rescheduled. Classes beginning at 11:00 a.m. or later will take place as usual. Staff are asked to be in their offices by 10:30 a.m. Please contact your supervisor if you are unable to commute to the office. Everyone should plan for additional travel time.

The Library will continue operating according to its regular schedule.

Stay Safe in Cold Weather

When commuting to and from campus, dress warmly and minimize the amount of time you spend outside. Find tips for staying safe in cold weather here. Check local news reports and the MTA’s website for the latest weather and transit advisories.

Stay Connected

This is a good opportunity to make sure that your NotifyNYLS contact information is up-to-date so that you receive all weather-related notifications about access to campus. Instructions are below.

Please stay tuned to your email and phone for any further updates later today and/or tomorrow morning. Stay safe and warm.

Evening Class Cancellations for Thursday, Nov. 15

Due to inclement weather, all 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. classes on Thursday, November 15 will be cancelled. The L’Express Café and fifth-floor cafeteria will close at 5:00 p.m. However, the building, including the Mendik Library, will remain open and will operate on a normal schedule for the evening. Tomorrow, November 16, normal operations will resume across campus.

[New Date] Stay Alert: Nationwide Emergency Test on October 3

UPDATE: Due to the response of Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) has been postponed until October 3rd. 

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, the Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) beginning at 2:18 p.m. ET. The test will assess how ready the distribution channels are in case a national message needs sending and determine whether improvements are needed.


What Extreme Weather Are You at Risk For?

A change in the weather can happen any time of the year and in all parts of the country. Some places have a risk of wildfires while other areas are exposed to hurricanes and flooding. Knowing what to do before, during and after any extreme weather event can help you and your family stay safe. click here to visit

Are You Prepared for Extreme Weather in Your Area?

Are You Prepared for Extreme Weather in Your Area?

Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Know the risks about the different disasters and hazards that could affect you and your family where you live, work, and go to school. Preparedness is a shared responsibility. While government plays a role, there are  important things individuals, organizations, and businesses can do to be ready for the unexpected.

Here are some steps you can take to become better prepared:

  • Download the FEMA App to get alerts and warnings about weather conditions. Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. The app also provides safety tips about what to do before, during, and after disasters.
  • Create and test a family communications plan. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Document and insure your property. When a disaster strikes, having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged.
  • Buy insurance that covers the specific risks associated with your region. Look for homeowners or renters insurance that covers damage caused by floods, high winds from tornados and hurricanes, earthquakes, or other concerns.
  • Strengthen your financial preparedness. Collect and secure personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records so you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay. Know your disaster costs.
  • Get trained to help others. Minutes matter in a disaster, and if emergency responders aren’t nearby, you can be the help until more help arrives.
  • Learn how to find volunteer opportunities and donate to survivors. After a disaster strikes, many people want to donate their time, money, or goods. Learn tips on how to avoid scams when you’re searching for a charitable organization to work with, and the best steps to take to support first responders.

National Preparedness Month is coming up in September. The month serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Visit for tools, tips, and resources to help you prepare, including a video on six things to know before a disaster.

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

It’s great to get outdoors during the summer, but it’s important to stay safe in the sun. Don´t let the heat ruin your family fun. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related health issues:

  • Never cover your baby’s stroller with a blanket. It may block the sun, but even a thin blanket can stop air circulation and cause the interior of the stroller to overheat.
  • Never leave a child in a parked car. Vehicles can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open.
  • Keep your children hydrated when they’re playing outside, don’t wait until they’re thirsty.

Notify NYC – Excessive Heat Warning & Cooling Centers

The National Weather Service has issued the following:
What: Excessive Heat Warning; Excessive Heat Watch
Where: NYC
When: 6AM on 7/1 to 6AM on 7/2; 6AM to 9PM on 7/2

Hazards: These conditions are dangerous to health. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers remain open. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for NYC which is in effect until 11PM today, and from 11AM until 11PM on 7/1.

Preparedness Actions:
– Avoid strenuous activity
– Active children, adults, and people with lung disease such as asthma should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors

For cooling center information contact 3-1-1 or visit

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