Research

With expansive historic collections, expert librarians, and a variety of fellowships and learning opportunities, The New York Public Library is an invaluable resource for writers, scholars, students, and creators worldwide.

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    Plan Your Visit

    As part of the Library’s phased reopening, our research centers are now open for onsite research services. Find out how to view our collections and which reading rooms are open for walk-in service.
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    Scan & Deliver

    Get remote access to parts of our vast research collections—now expanded to include more items than ever. Learn more about what can be requested and how to get started.
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    Stay Connected

    Have the latest research news from NYPL delivered to your inbox. Stay up to date with information about our research collections, services, and programs.

Search the Research Catalog

Discover NYPL's new Research Catalog, featuring an expanded and improved research experience, and access to the combined Shared Collections of Columbia University, Princeton University, and Harvard University Libraries. Learn more.
Plus, get remote access to our world-renowned research collections with Scan & Deliver, our expanded electronic document delivery service.
  • Articles & Databases

    Find primary and scholarly sources in our online databases.
  • Archives Portal

    Search archives and collections to find rare manuscripts, digitized pages, and more.
  • Prints & Photographs

    Search the catalog of prints and photographs held within the Wallach Division.
  • Digital Collections

    View hundreds of thousands of our digitized images, manuscripts, and ephemera.
  • Online Research Assistance

    Research librarians and curators are available to answer research-specific questions via email and online research consultations.
  • Expanded Access to Databases

    The Library's access to many online databases has been expanded for remote use during our temporary closure.
  • Articles & Databases

    Find primary and scholarly sources in our online databases.
  • Digital Collections

    View hundreds of thousands of our digitized images, manuscripts, and ephemera.
  • Research Guides to Online Resources

    Our expert staff have developed research guides that will point you to the best resources.
  • Digital Research Books

    Find more than 400,000 books from NYPL's historic collection and explore our Digital Research Books.
  • Academic E-Books

    Discover thousands of scholarly e-books from hundreds of publishers, including foreign-language academic ebooks.
  • Graduate Test Preparation Materials

    Are you studying for a graduate admissions test? Find dozens of practice tests, tutorials and e-books to support you.
  • Digital Research

    Learn about the Library's strategy for digitization, digital preservation, and access.

Research Divisions

  • Browse by Division

    Explore the Library's research divisions and special collections by subject, format, or location.

Support

Filling in your family tree? Need a directory to directories? Explore staff-created guides to help you research your topic.