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Understanding your research subject, scope,and purpose allows staff to better prepare for your visit. Please provide a brief description of your research project. If appropriate, specify the particular aspect of your project that you will be investigating with our collections. Also specify what you hope to find in the collection(s) you plan to consult (e.g, correspondence between particular individuals, meeting minutes from certain dates, or photographs of certain places).
Rules for using Manuscripts and Archives Division collections
- Divisional staff will determine which materials can be made available for use and when surrogates must be used in lieu of originals.
- Pencils, laptops without cases, and handheld cameras or phones are permitted for use in the Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room.
- All other materials are to be left at the coat check on the ground floor, adjacent to the Library's 42nd Street entrance. This includes outerwear, scarves, bags, purses, pens, binders, folders, notebooks, loose papers, food, and drink.
- Personal items are subject to examination upon entering and leaving the Reading Room.
- Disable all sounds on phones, computers, handheld cameras, and other devices.
- Researchers must hold a New York Public Library card, obtainable from staff in the General Research Division, and must also present a valid government-issued photo ID to complete reader registration.
- Safe handling of collection material is important. Library collections should be left in the state that they were found. Please listen carefully to instructions for handling materials.
- Personal photography of collection materials is permitted for research purposes, but may be subject to restrictions pending review. Please direct questions about duplication to staff on duty. Photographing the Reading Room, researchers, or Library employees is not permitted. It is not permissible to record audio or video in any case.
- Researchers are reminded that it is their obligation to comply with copyright law when publishing or otherwise using materials from the Library's collections. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable, living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications.