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Service Update

NYU Special Collections is open for limited, appointment-based on-site services for current NYU faculty, staff, and students.

Please email NYU Special Collections in advance regarding your research questions. A Special Collections Research Account (SCRA) is required to make an appointment. Staff will send information about this process after an appointment request has been made.

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

The NYU Special Collections Center co-locates services for all our special collections including:

  • Fales Library
  • Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
  • University Archives

Researchers can request materials from all three repositories and use them in one place. Learn more about our collections

The Center offers our community new spaces to engage with the collections including a reading room, classrooms, and gallery spaces.

Plan Your Visit to Our Reading Room

NYU Special Collections is undergoing a major renovation over the next two years. For more information, please visit the Special Collections Renovation Project website.

• All repositories will be closed to researchers from May 21, 2020 - September 7, 2020.
• Due to our upcoming summer closure, we will stop accepting reproduction (scan and copy) requests for all Special Collections Materials on April 15th, 2020.
There may be an impact on services and collections during our opening times. We request all patrons make appointments to use materials.​

The Special Collections will be unable to accommodate any outgoing loan requests during the period of renovation, fall 2018 through fall 2020.

How to Make an Appointment & Request Materials

Use of all Special Collections materials is appointment only.

Please make appointments at least 3 business days in advance of your visit.

  • Register online for a Special Collections Research Account before your visit.
    • You can use this account to schedule appointments and request materials to be pulled for your visit. Please note, due to the renovation, there is a request limit of up to 10 boxes or books per appointment date.

Please email for more information.

Reading Room Policy Guidelines

  • Lockers are provided outside the reading room to store your personal belongings while you are working in the reading room. You will be permitted to go back and forth to your locker as needed.
  • All cell phones must be on silent.
  • Photography of collection material will be permitted on a case-by-case basis, after filling out the requisite paperwork provided at the reading room desk, in good faith that the user will respect all copyright regulations as specified in the signed paperwork.
  • The flash on your camera or phone MUST be turned off.

What Can Be Brought Into the Reading Room?


  • Pencils
  • Laptops (without cases)
  • Mobile phone on silent with flash disabled
  • Camera with flash disabled
  • Paper or notebook
  • Personal reference books or material, after checking them with Reading Room staff


  • Ink pens
  • Food and/or drink (including water)
  • Backpack, purse, or any type of bag of any size
  • Coat, jacket, or umbrella
  • Pencil case
  • Laptop case
  • Any type of liquid or gel including hand sanitizer or moisturizer

Guest WiFi

NYU offers guest wifi access for non-NYU affiliated researchers. Staff members at the desk can provide you with registration details.

Handling of Materials

You must follow staff instructions on handling the collection material at all times. Some regular rules to keep in mind:

  • Books will be served one at a time. If you are using a book, you must keep it in the cradle it is served on at all times. Use only the weights provided to hold open the pages. If you need assistance using the book, don’t hesitate to ask the staff.

  • Fales manuscript material will be served one folder at a time. You must keep foldered material flat on the table and in the order you receive it in, turning the pages like you’re turning pages in a book.

  • All other archival collections will be served one box at a time. Only take one folder at a time, and use an out card to mark your place. You must keep foldered material flat on the table and in the order you receive it, turning the pages like you’re turning pages in a book.

  • If you are using a binder, all of the material must stay flat on the table. DO NOT take photographs or negatives out of the plastic sheets they are encapsulated in. Binder contents MUST stay in the order that you receive them.

  • You must wear gloves provided to you by staff if you are handling unencapsulated photographs or negatives.

Failure to adhere to these regulations or any other direction by reading room staff may result in loss of access to NYU Special Collections.

These guidelines keep NYU Special Collections in pristine condition. Thank you in advance for your understanding regarding these policies.

Your cooperation ensures the continued preservation and accessibility of these materials for future students, scholars, and researchers.

Special Collections Classrooms

Three multimedia classrooms support innovative, technology-enhanced teaching based on special collections.

Faculty Instructions

For more information about special collections classes or to schedule, please contact

Special Collections Galleries

When the renovation is complete the Special Collections Center will have two self-contained exhibition galleries and a large reception area that will double as gallery space.

All three spaces will feature rotating exhibitions of special collections content.

Check back for updates!

Please Note: The Special Collections will be unable to accommodate any outgoing loan requests during the period of renovation, fall 2018 through fall 2020.

See our Loan Policy for more details.