Hours & Contact Information

Printed Collections and Manuscript Collections

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.


Summer Hours:
Tuesday–Friday: 9 am–3 pm
Saturday–Monday: CLOSED

Graphic Collections

Researchers need an appointment to view materials from the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architecture. To make an appointment, e-mail printroom@nyhistory.org.

Tuesday-Friday: 9 am-3 pm
Monday: CLOSED

Upcoming Library Closings:
Saturday, May 9: library closed
Wednesday, May 13: library closed
Wednesday, May 20: library closed

The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library reading room occasionally closes early for a special event. Please be sure to call ahead at (212) 485-9225 or check this page for the latest information before making a special trip into NYC to use the Klingenstein Library.


All Klingenstein Library patrons must register before conducting research and will be asked to provide current government-issued photo identification. All researchers must register and create an account using our online collections request system.  For a detailed guide to the registration and request process, please click here.

Klingenstein Library patrons may bring laptops, digital cameras, cell phones and five (5) sheets of loose research notes, which will be stamped by the library staff, into the Reading Room; but personal belongings, including coats or bags, must be left at the coat check on the first floor. The Klingenstein Library will provide researchers with paper and pencils for taking notes.

The Klingeinstein Library’s reading room has wifi and digital cameras are allowed to be used for a daily fee of $15. Please note that seats may be assigned to readers within the Reading Room. We ask that students at the high school level or younger visit the Klingenstein Library with an adult, such as a teacher or parent. To protect the safety and security of our collections, surveillance cameras are operating in the Reading Room at all times.

Reproductions and Photocopying

The library encourages the use of hand held digital cameras for research purposes for a daily fee of $15. All photocopying is done by the library staff. The charge for letter and legal size copies is 50 cents. Ledger size copies are $1.00. There is a limit of twenty photocopies per person per day (not including prints from microfilm), and no photocopying is done after 2:30 pm. Copying from microfilm is self-serve, at the cost of 35 cents per page. Photocopies made by the library as well as photographs taken by researchers are intended for reference purposes only and may not be reproduced or sold in any form. Those desiring photographic reproductions of library materials or permission to reproduce such images should contact the Department of Rights & Reproductions directly.

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