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Research Collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

All users are required to have a library card to access the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Some special collections require an additional card of admission or registration. Please review the policies of the collection you wish to visit before you arrive.

  • Arents Collection
    The George Arents Collection on Tobacco is a comprehensive collection on the history, literature, and lore of tobacco. The Arents Collection of Books in Parts is one of the most important collections assembled of serialized publications that remain in their original paper wrappers.

    Subject: Tobacco

    Format: Prints, Photographs, Ephemera, Books

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Art and Architecture Collection
    Fine arts, art history, decorative arts, architectural history, design, and theory.

    Subject: Art History, Fine Arts, Decorative Arts, Architectural History, Design, Design History, Theory

    Format: Monographs, Serials, Exhibition Catalogs, Auction Catalogs, Databases, Ephemera

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 300

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  • Berg Collection of English and American Literature
    First editions, rare books, autograph letters, and manuscripts.

    Subject: English and American Literature

    Format: Manuscripts, Printed Materials, Photographs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 320

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  • Children's Center at 42nd Street
    Circulating materials for children of all ages, and for adults with an interest in children’s literature, music, and media.

    Subject: Children's Books, DVDs, CDs

    Format: Books, DVDs, CDs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Ground Floor, Room 84

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  • DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
    11,000 periodical titles in 22 languages from 128 countries.

    Subject: Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, General Studies

    Format: Periodicals, Newspapers

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 108

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  • Dorot Jewish Division
    One of the great collections of Judaica in the world.

    Subject: Judaica

    Format: Manuscripts, Periodicals, Books

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 111

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  • General Research Division
    Reference assistance with materials on the humanities, social sciences, and general subjects.

    Subject: Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, Slavic and East European Collections.

    Format: Books, Periodicals, Manuscripts, Ephemera

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 315

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  • Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
    Materials documenting United States History on the national, state and local level, Genealogy, Heraldry, Personal and Family Names, and Flags.

    Subject: History, Genealogy, New York City History

    Format: Genealogy Resources, Census Records, Rare Books, Manuscripts, Photographs, Archival Materials

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 121

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  • Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division
    405,000 maps, 18,000 atlases and books about cartography.

    Subject: Maps, Geography

    Format: Maps, Atlases, Books, Periodicals

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 117

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  • Manuscripts and Archives Division
    29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections.

    Subject: Political, economic, social and cultural history.

    Format: Manuscripts, Volumes, Printed Material, Photographs, Ephemera.

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Microforms Reading Room
    350,000 microfilm reels and 3,000,000 microfiche.

    Subject: International, Regional and Local Newspapers, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Anthropology, Sociology, World History, Biographies, General Studies

    Format: Microfilm and Microfiche

    Location: Schwarzman Building, First Floor, Room 100

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  • Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
    One of the world's leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism.

    Subject: English Literature

    Format: Printed Materials, Manuscripts

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 319

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  • Photography Collection
    500,000 original photographic prints, from the medium's 150+ year history.

    Subject: Photography

    Format: Photographs

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Prints and Photographs Study Room, Third Floor, Room 308

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  • Print Collection
    The Print Collection of The New York Public Library encompasses over 200,000 prints along with a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers.

    Subject: Prints

    Format: Prints, Reference Materials

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 308

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  • Rare Books Division
    The Rare Book Division houses approximately 200,000 titles, covering five centuries of printing - from the 1450s to the present - and representing Continental Europe, England, and the Americas.

    Subject: Rare Books

    Format: Books and Manuscripts

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328

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  • Spencer Collection
    The Spencer Collection surveys the illustrated word and book bindings of all periods and all countries and cultures, from medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, and Indian miniatures to monuments in Renaissance printing, illustration and binding to contemporary livres d'artistes.

    Subject: Medieval Manuscripts, Renaissance Printing and Illustration, Japanese Scrolls

    Format: Manuscripts, Prints, Works on Paper

    Location: Schwarzman Building, Third Floor, Room 308

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