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Register to Use Materials in the Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room for Rare Books & Manuscripts
Researchers whose work requires use of the Library's collections of Manuscripts & Archives or Rare Books, including the George Arents Collection, must register for access. Registration may be completed either in advance, using this form, or in person.
You may also use this form to ask a reference question about the Library's collections of Manuscripts & Archives or Rare Books.
Registering in Advance:
Readers, especially those living outside the New York City metropolitan area, are encouraged to register in advance using this form so that the details of their visit may be confirmed by a Library staff member.
Registering in Person:
Readers may consult with a Library staff member and register in person during the Reading Room's public hours, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Materials are paged for delivery daily. Requests made after 2:00 p.m. may not be available until the following morning.
- Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
- Please answer the following questions as completely as possible; the information you provide will assist us in quickly processing your registration or answering your question.
- Even if you do not intend to visit the library, you are welcome to use this form to ask a reference question about the Library's collections of Manuscripts & Archives or Rare Books.