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The New York Public Library will be closed August 30th through September 1st in observance of Labor Day.

Using the Mid-Manhattan Library

Shelf Checks

 A shelf check can be performed for an item that is currently on the shelf. Call us during library hours and, if the item is available, we can hold it for you to pick up, or we can send it to the branch of your choice in Manhattan, the Bronx or Staten Island.


Please note that for items on the 1st floor, we can check the shelves only before 12:00 noon. For a reference book, we can verify that it is on shelf, but we cannot set it aside.


Telephone numbers for shelf checks.

Interlibrary Loan


Interlibrary Loan provides access to library materials that are not available in the New York metropolitan area through agreements with libraries throughout the country


To get an interlibrary loan, first check the Library Catalog to see if the Library owns the particular item. If there are no copies listed in the catalogs, please see a librarian at a reference desk. Bring all citation details with you. Librarians will assist you in interlibrary loan procedures, or if you would like to try our online form for articles which can be delivered electronically, or for loans, please click here.


The New York Public Library will locate a library owning the item and, provided it is something which that library is willing to lend, will obtain it and notify you. Some material may only be available for use in a research center.

Limitations on Carts and Large Bags


For the safety of the customers and staff of the Library, and to ensure unimpeded access to the collections, the Mid-Manhattan Library has placed limits on the size of carts, boxes, bags, and other packages.


Customers may bring containers, packages, briefcases, parcels, or bundles into the library which singly or collectively do not exceed 22” x 14” x 15”. Customers may also bring in a portfolio which does not exceed 23” x 31”.


All items are subject to inspection.