Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 308
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Closed today
Regular Hours
Spencer Collection
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Thursday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Friday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Golden patterned book binding.

The Spencer Collection surveys the illustrated word and book bindings of all periods and all countries and cultures, from medieval manuscripts, Japanese scrolls, and Indian miniatures to monuments in Renaissance printing, illustration, and binding to contemporary livres d'artistes.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
No. Please request an appointment through your Special Collections Account or contact us by email at

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are required to make an appointment to visit the Spencer Collection, but they are also available to researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Please email us at to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians.

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


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Request a Class Visit

Bird's eye view of a class attending a lecture around a table filled with historic books.

We work with educators to design class visits that use the Library's remarkable collections to foster creative inquiry, build critical thinking and visual literacy skills, and inspire wonder and excitement around the process of primary source analysis and research. Learn more.