Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 308
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
1 PM–5:45 PM
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 walk in to access the collection?
No. Please email us at to book an appointment to visit the Spencer Collection in Room 308.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?

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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