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Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) Application Form

In order to increase accessibility to our combined collections, the libraries of Columbia University, New York University and the New York Public Library are offering eligible users the opportunity to borrow select materials from each of the three partner libraries based on the following criteria:

  • NYPL cardholder in good standing (please resolve any blocks or delinquencies on your library account before applying)
  • Demonstration that resources available through the home institution have been exhausted 
  • Demonstration of a sustained need for access to the resources of the participating libraries and collections
  • Requested materials are deemed appropriate for circulation

If you are unsure whether MaRLI is appropriate for your research needs, please visit or contact any of our research libraries to discuss the program.

Interlibrary Loan or a METRO referral may serve your needs if you only require access to one item for a limited period of time, or if you require access to materials not held by NYPL, NYU, or Columbia.

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Basic Information
Please specify affiliation. Applicants who are not currently full-time faculty or doctoral students must consult with an NYPL staff member to determine eligibility for MaRLI privileges, and apply as an independent scholar.
Columbia and NYU PhD students and full-time faculty, please apply through your home institution.
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Please provide institutional email address, if applicable. NYPL privacy policy.
Research Background
Discussing your research needs with an NYPL librarian before applying is recommended strongly.
(Name of staff member)
Read more about available Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and METRO services.
Please include specific collections or libraries, particularly those held by Columbia or NYU, which are required to support your research need. Unspecific requests for access to NYU and Columbia Libraries will not meet criteria for MaRLI acceptance. Note that some libraries and collections are excluded and some provide on-site access only.