Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 315
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
10 AM–5:45 PM
Regular Hours
General Research Division
Day Hours
Monday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday: 1 PM–4:45 PM

About the Division

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The General Research Division serves as the central research hub in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. The collections are primarily focused in the humanities and social sciences and include literary and scholarly works in over 380 languages with a global reach, from the United States to Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Along with authoritative and scholarly holdings, the library collects many popular, idiosyncratic, and ephemeral materials such as genre fiction, comic books, and pamphlets.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
The Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room is open for research and quiet study, and to access the Library’s general collections.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
General collections are available to view without an appointment. However, we encourage patrons to request materials in advance of their visit to ensure availability.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are available for researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians. You do not have to have a virtual consultation prior to your visit to the General Research Division.

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Researchers looking to consult microfilm should request materials in advance of their visit and request access to a microfilm reader in the Rose Main Reading Room. 

Can I bring my class to view collections or meet with a librarian? 
The General Research Division hosts introductory sessions and subject-specific research classes. If your institution is interested in bringing a class to the Library, please use this form to provide us with details of your request. 

Who can researchers contact with further questions?

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