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Service Update: June 23, 2023

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 library visitors must be sponsored by NYU staff before their visit as per the University’s visitor policy. 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.


Summer Term (May 22 to August 25, 2023): 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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