Research 101: NYC's Subway and Rail Transit Systems at NYPL's Map Division

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 1 - 2 PM
End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.
Event Details


Join us, as we demonstrate how to use the collection at NYPL's Map Division to research local rail transit routes in New York City. In particular, we will focus on NYC's subway system, elevated rails, and commuter rail lines.

During this class, we will cover the history of rail transit in New York City, show you how to utilize NYPL's catalogs to locate maps related to these transit lines, and provide examples of how these maps can be utilized as part of your research.


People waiting for an IRT subway train
People waiting for an IRT subway train. 1954NYPL Digital Collections Image ID 5817490


  • Class Format: Lecture/demonstration
  • Audience: Adults
Assistive Listening and ASL
ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing