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.

Can I book an appointment to speak with a librarian about my research or on the best ways to get started?
Consultations are available for patrons wanting to discuss their research projects and to prepare for a visit to the Library. We offer both virtual and in person consultations. You do not have to have a consultation prior to your visit to the General Research Division. Book a consultation with one of our librarians.

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. 

Who can researchers contact with further questions?

Please email us at or fill out this form: Ask a Question

Request a Class Visit

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Our staff welcomes students and instructors to explore the collections and resources at our landmark 42nd Street building. We work with educators to design class visits that use the Library's remarkable collections to foster creative inquiry, build critical thinking and information literacy skills, and inspire wonder and excitement around the process of research. Learn more. 

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