The Printed Collections form the core of the Klingenstein Library’s holdings and include staggering numbers of publications relating to New York and American history: 350,000 books and pamphlets; 10,000 newspaper titles (or over 1 million issues); 18,000 broadsides; over 10,000 published maps and atlases; 15,000 pieces of sheet music; 10,000 dining menus; and over 500 hotel files.
Patrons are welcome to come in during open library hours to view these materials. Collection level records are available for the majority of these items through the library's online catalog.
A small portion of the Library’s printed collections are now stored offsite. Any item with the designation of “Offsite” on a catalog record may be requested for onsite use in the Library’s reading room. Please keep in mind that it will it will take between two (2) and five (5) business days for collections to arrive, and you should plan your research accordingly. A list of call number ranges being stored offsite can be found here. On-site catalogs provide access to the newspaper and menu collections. For further assistance in locating materials, contact the reference staff.
E-Mail: Email Reference Form
Phone: (212) 485-9225 or 9226