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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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    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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    Pandemic Diaries

    NYPL's Pandemic Diaries Project invites you to submit, via an online form, audio recordings of yourself or your loved ones telling personal stories about life amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Research Appointments

    Virtual consultations are available to discuss your research needs while onsite research appointments are temporarily suspended to help limit the spread of COVID-19.


Get remote access to our world-renowned research collections with Scan & Deliver, our expanded electronic document delivery service, using our Shared Collection Catalog.
After undergoing significant enhancements, the Shared Collection Catalog will become the Research Catalog and serve as the primary catalog for NYPL’s research collections in early 2021. Learn more.

  • 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.

Research Divisions

  • Browse by Division

    Explore the Library’s more than two dozen research divisions and special collections by subject, format, or location.


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