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Access to Offsite Collections


Please use our classic catalog to request offsite materials. You can access the classic catalog version of any catalog item record by clicking the link under the "Other View" heading. Alternatively, you can search the classic catalog directly.

In order to provide space for growing collections, the NYPL research centers house lesser-used materials at several offsite facilities. A courier service delivers material to each research center before opening Monday—Saturday. Electronic document delivery of up to 50 pages is also available. Please note that upon delivery to NYPL research centers, offsite research materials are available for in-library use only.

Requesting Material

You may request up to 15 items per day. Many items can be delivered to reading rooms at any NYPL research center, though some materials are restricted to specific locations. See form for options.

You may place a request using the “Request from Offsite” form, which appears in the item’s catalog record.

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If you are new to the library and/or outside of the NYC metro area, you are welcome to apply for a library card and will be able to place requests with a temporary barcode and PIN. When you arrive at the library, you will need to complete your registration and receive your card. For more information about applying for or replacing a library card, please consult the library card information page.

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For assistance filling out an offsite request, please ask a librarian.

Staff-mediated requests may still be necessary for unique materials, which require the coordination of delivery and scheduling a session to use the item with library equipment. If the "Request from Offsite" form does not appear in a catalog record but the material is identfied as "Offsite," please call or email the appropriate location for assistance submitting your request.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Request Form
Library for the Performing Arts 212.870.1844
Requesting Offsite Materials
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Request Form

Science, Industry and Business Library 212.592.7018
Request Form


Electronic Delivery

A table of contents, single article, book chapter or index of up to 50 pages can be delivered electronically to your email address. The document will be scanned and either emailed as an attachment or posted online. If the file is posted online, you will receive an email message with the URL and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the file. The item will remain online for two weeks. If your request cannot be filled electronically, the item will be delivered to the reading room where you placed the request, and it will be held on reserve for you for 7 days.

Delivery Schedule

Offsite deliveries have been expanded to Monday through Saturday. During the week, items will usually be delivered the next business day if the request is placed before 2:30 p.m. Items requested after 2:30 p.m. will be delivered on the second business day. Items requested after 2:30 p.m. on Fridays or over the weekend will be delivered the following Tuesday. 

If contact information was given at the time of request, you will receive an email or telephone notification when your item has been delivered and is available for use. If the anticipated arrival date has passed without a delivery confirmation, you may call/e-mail the appropriate building to inquire about the status of your request.

All materials will be held on reserve for 7 days once they are received.

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