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NYU Special Collections is open for in-person research appointments. To schedule an appointment, please ensure you have an active Special Collections Research Account (SCRA).

Appointment slots do book quickly, so please schedule as far in advance as possible.

For NYU Cardholders:

Appointments must be scheduled at least three business days in advance at all times. Appointments are scheduled via your Special Collections Research Account when you submit your research requests.

For External Researchers (Without an Active NYU ID Card):

All non-NYU researchers must follow the instructions for researchers to request access to library buildings and services. Appointments must be scheduled at least three business days in advance. We cannot accommodate walk-in visitors.

Guidelines For All Reading Room Users

  • Reading room seats are limited, and appointment slots are often filled months in advance.
  • Bookings are first-come, first served and we cannot guarantee the availability of preferred dates.
  • Prior access to Special Collections does not guarantee that we will be able to accommodate your preferred requests at the current time.


Spring Term (January 22 to May 19, 2024): Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

NYU Libraries’ special collections and archives house significant resources, rare books, personal papers, University history, and more. Additionally, they sponsor numerous events throughout the year and contribute widely to many publications.

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