Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 328
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Closed today
George Arents Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 3/4 CLOSED
Tuesday 3/5 12 PM–5 PM
Wednesday 3/6 12 PM–5 PM
Thursday 3/7 12 PM–5 PM
Friday 3/8 12 PM–5 PM
Saturday 3/9 1 PM–5 PM
Sunday 3/10 CLOSED

About the Division

Drawing from the George Arents Tobacco Collection.

The George Arents Collection comprises two distinct groupings of materials. The first portion of the collection, the Arents Tobacco Collection, constitutes the largest and most comprehensive library in the world devoted to the history, literature, and lore of tobacco. The collection contains both printed and manuscript works—as well as prints, drawings, and ephemera—dating from 1507 to the present, representing Continental Europe, England, and the Americas.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
Patrons are welcome to visit the reading room during opening hours to speak with a librarian in person about their research. However, advance notice is necessary to consult material. To request a research appointment, create a Special Collections Account, click on "Appointments → Make an Appointment," and follow the prompts. 

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes. To request a research appointment, please email

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Researchers are welcome to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians to discuss research plans and needs via phone or video chat. However, this is not a requirement to apply for access.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.


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