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Service Update August 31, 2022:

NYU Special Collections is able to facilitate limited in-person research appointments. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please ensure that you have an active Special Collections Research Account (SCRA).

Reading Room seats are limited and appointment slots are currently booking at least 6 weeks in advance.

For NYU Cardholders:

Appointments must be scheduled at least three business days in advance of the intended appointment date by submitting requests for research materials through your Special Collections Research Account.

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

  • All visitors to NYU Campus buildings, including the Library, must be cleared in advance by submitting proof of Covid vaccination and booster (if eligible) to NYU’s portal.
  • Appointments for external researchers must be scheduled as far in advance as possible of your preferred date(s).
  • Please read the University Policy for visitors prior to requesting an appointment, and email for information on how to begin this process.

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.
  • During visits, all individuals must abide by all health and safety protocols as per University guidelines.


Fall Term (September 6 to December 22, 2022): 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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