Using the Library

The New York Public Library’s four research centers welcome scholars, writers, students, and all others. Please familiarize yourself with the General Regulations of the research centers before your visit. All visitors are expected to comply with the General Regulations.

Plan Your Research Visit

There are 6 time-saving things you can do before you arrive at any of the research centers. See the Plan Your Research Visit page to learn more.   

Access for Persons with Disabilities

To assist people with disabilities, the Library takes an active approach to providing access to its resources and services. Visit the Access for Persons with Disabilities page for more information.

Checkroom Services

A supervised, no-fee checkroom is provided at each research center. To improve the study environment for all, some personal items must be checked prior to conducting research. Visit the Checkroom Services page for additional details.

Copying, Printing, and Scanning

To preserve the physical condition of research collection materials, Library staff must evaluate whether an item’s condition will allow for copying. Some material may only be copied by Library staff and some may not be copied. Go to the Copying, Printing, and Scanning Services page for more information. See the Copying, Printing, and Scanning Prices page for self-service and staff-assisted pricing.