How do I request research library materials?

Item is kept offsite. Book is in the research library. Can I get a scan of pages?


Answer

An overview of how to request research items in advance of your visit can be found here:
https://www.nypl.org/offsite

The basic steps are:

  1. Search for materials in the library's Research Catalog [https://catalog.nypl.org].
  2. For items with a “Request” button under “Location” in the catalog, click the button to request the item.
  3. If the item does not have a Request From Off-Site Storage button in the catalog, use one of the request forms ...

Here's the request form for items kept by our Stephen A. Schwarzman Library:
https://www.nypl.org/help/request-research-materials/request

Here's a list of contact information for research divisions at our other locations:
https://www.nypl.org/help/request-research-materials#special

To make the most of your time at NYPL, it's recommended in advance of a visit that you consult with staff. Here's a Web page where researchers can make arrangements:
https://libcal.nypl.org/appointments/

In some cases, you can request a scan of a portion of the book via our Scan and Deliver Service. When you've searched our Research Catalog and found an item, you can  access the request form by clicking on the blue "Request" button. Here's a link to the Research Catalog:
https://catalog.nypl.org/

More information about the Scan and Deliver service is available here:
https://www.nypl.org/research/scan-and-deliver

If you need to get more than we're able to scan and you can't visit one of our research libraries, you can reach out to our Interlibrary and Document Services staff, who would be able to do the work for a fee:
https://www.nypl.org/ask-nypl/research-questions-reproductions

  • Last Updated Mar 03, 2022
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