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Requesting Archival Materials from the Library for the Performing Arts

In order to provide space for growing collections, the NYPL Research Libraries are housing materials at several offsite facilities.

Identifying Offsite Collections

Material is identified in the online catalog by the location "OFFSITE – Request in advance for use at Performing Arts" or "OFFSITE Rose - Request in advance for use at Performing Arts." 

Please note that materials held by the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT) must be requested directly through TOFT. Please also note that materials held by the Reserve Film and Video Collection (RFVC) must be requested directly through RFVC. 

Requesting Material from "OFFSITE – Request in advance for use at Performing Arts":

If you have an NYPL library card, you may request these materials directly through NYPL's Classic Catalog.Access the Classic Catalog

After you place your request, you will receive an email confirmation when your materials have arrived at LPA. Items will be held on reserve for two weeks.

If you do not have an NYPL library card, you may request these materials through this form:

General Offsite Request Form

Patrons may request up to 6 items per day through this form. Please submit the form for each individual item you want to request. Print Delivery will send a confirmation email only when your request has been processed, typically within 24-48 hrs. You should call (212) 870-1844 before coming to the Library to confirm that your materials have been delivered. Items will be held on reserve for two weeks.

Although you don't need a library card to make an offsite request using this form, you will need to show your card when you come to the library to use materials. For more information about applying for or replacing a library card, please consult NYPL's library card information page.

Requesting Material from "OFFSITE Rose":

Offsite Rose Request Form

Patrons may request up to 6 items per day. Please submit the form for each individual item you want to request. Print Delivery will send a confirmation email only when your request has been processed, typically within 24-48 hrs. You should call (212) 870-1844 before coming to the Library to confirm that your materials have been delivered. Items will be held on reserve for two weeks.

Although you don't need a library card to make an offsite request from the Rose Building, you will need to show your card when you come to the library to use materials. For more information about applying for or replacing a library card, please consult NYPL's library card information page.

Delivery schedules

General Offsite: Offsite deliveries have recently 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.

Rose Offsite: Materials requested Monday through Wednesday will be delivered two days after request. Materials requested Thursday through Saturday will be available the following Tuesday.

All materials will be held on reserve for two weeks once they are received at LPA.