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Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) Application Form

In order to increase accessibility to our combined collections, the libraries of Columbia University, New York University and the New York Public Library are offering eligible users the opportunity to borrow select materials from each of the three partner libraries based on the following criteria:

  • NYPL cardholder in good standing (please resolve any blocks or delinquencies on your library account before applying)
  • Demonstration that resources available through the home institution have been exhausted 
  • Demonstration of a sustained need for access to the resources of the participating libraries and collections
  • Requested materials are deemed appropriate for circulation

If you are unsure whether MaRLI is appropriate for your research needs, please visit or contact any of our research libraries to discuss the program.

Interlibrary Loan or a METRO referral may serve your needs if you only require access to one item for a limited period of time, or if you require access to materials not held by NYPL, NYU, or Columbia.

If you are currently affiliated with NYPL through one of our Scholar programs, please do not apply for MaRLI privileges using this form. Speak to the liasion for your program or fellowship for information. 

To learn more about how the library uses information you provide, please read our privacy policy.


Basic Information
Enter 14-digit barcode or temporary card number here. Get a library card.
Please provide institutional email address, if applicable. NYPL privacy policy.
Columbia and NYU PhD students and full-time faculty, please apply through your home institution.
Please specify affiliation. Applicants who are not currently full-time faculty or doctoral students must meet with an NYPL staff member to determine eligibility for MaRLI privileges, and apply as an independent scholar.
Research Background
(Name of staff member)
Read more about available Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and METRO services.
Please include specific collections or libraries required to support your research needs. Note that some libraries and collections are excluded and some provide on-site access only.

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