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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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    Search archives and collections to find rare manuscripts, digitized pages, and more.
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    Explore the Library’s more than two dozen research divisions and special collections by subject, format, or location.


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