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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Knowledgeable staff, expert in all areas of contemporary and historical performing arts, are available to assist users in their research. Please consult with a librarian at our reference desks, or telephone or e-mail the appropriate division:
Billy Rose Theatre Division: 212-870-1639,
Jerome Robbins Dance Division: 212-870-1657,
Music Division: 212-870-1650,
Rodgers & Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound: 212-870-1663,

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

To schedule an appointment or to have an onsite consultation, call or e-mail the division in question:
Art and Artifacts Division: 212-491-2241,
Research and Reference Division: 212-491-2218,
Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division: 212-491-2224,
Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division: 212-491-2236,
Photographs and Prints Division: 212-491-2057,

Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)

Appointments can be made 2 days in advance at the B. Altman Reference Desk on the Lower Level of the Science, Industry and Business Library. You can also use our Make an Appointment form to schedule a consultation.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

To schedule an appointment or to have an onsite consultation, call or e-mail the division in question:
Arents Collection: (212) 642-0110, contact form
Art and Architecture Collection: (212) 930-0835,
Berg Collection of English and American Literature: (212) 930-0802,
DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room: (212) 930-0971,
Dorot Jewish Division: (212) 930-0601,
General Research Division: (917) 275-6975,
Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy: (212) 930-0828,
Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division: (212) 930-0587,
Manuscripts and Archives Division: (212) 930-0801, contact form
Microforms Reading Room: (212) 642-0139,
Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle: (212) 930-0717,
Photography Collection:(212) 930-0837,
Print Collection: (212) 930-0817,
Rare Books Division: (212) 642-0110, contact form
Spencer Collection: (212) 930-0817,