Now Available for Research Borrowing Programs: Grab & Go for Researchers

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Grab & Go for Researchers

Grab & Go for Researchers is a materials request and pickup service for researchers enrolled in any of the Library’s Research Borrower Programs who wish to borrow books from our research collections. As of May 10, items requested in advance by eligible researchers will be available for walk-in pickup, without an appointment, at each research center. Please note that the pickup process requires a quick ID verification before a researcher may leave with their items.

In order to keep our patrons and our staff healthy and safe:

Everyone entering the Library must wear a mask or face covering at all times during their visit. See below for more on our health and safety policies, including personal protective equipment.

If you wish to consult materials that are not eligible to borrow, learn how you can make an appointment to visit one of our research centers.



Grab & Go for Researchers: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?

  • All NYPL patrons with MaRLI, Research Borrower, and CUNY Graduate Center borrowing privileges may request eligible research items for pickup at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Schwarzman Building Center for Research in the Humanities scholars and fellows in the Cullman Center and Schomburg Center are also eligible to participate. Learn more about eligibility for Research Borrowing Programs here.

How do I request items for pickup?

How will I know my items are ready for pickup?

  • Patrons will receive a confirmation email when the items are available for pickup. Please wait to receive your confirmation before coming to the Library.

How do I pick up my requested items?

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman Building | 42nd Street Entrance, Room 84
    Pickup Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 AM–5 PM
    Users may pick up their requested items at the 42nd Street entrance to the Library, between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. After entering the building, proceed past security and turn right down the hallway to Room 84. Staff will check your ID and direct you to the pickup area to retrieve your holds.

  • The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts | Amsterdam Entrance (Level L) and the plaza terrace
    Pickup Hours: Monday–Friday, 11:30 AM–4:30 PM
    Users may pick up their requested items in one of two locations: from our Outdoor Reading Room on the plaza terrace (in pleasant weather) or in the Vincent Astor Gallery, accessible via the entrance on Amsterdam Avenue and 65th Street (in bad weather). After entering the building, please proceed to the welcome desk just in front of the entrance. Staff will check your ID and direct you to the pickup area to retrieve your holds.

  • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | Main Entrance, Level 1
    Pickup Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 AM–4 PM
    Users may pick up their requested items in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Division. After entering the building, staff will direct you to the pickup area where you will show your ID and retrieve your holds.

What collections are eligible for pickup through the Grab & Go for Researchers program?

  • Only general collection books in good condition published from 1900–present will circulate through this program; the condition will be determined by library staff based on criteria supplied by NYPL's preservation librarians. In addition to books, the Music Division also circulates scores in good condition, printed after 1972.
    • Please note the following exceptions:
      • Items from the Art and Architecture Division are not eligible to circulate through this program.
      • The Schomburg Center circulates only books in good condition published from 1970–present. Art books are not eligible to circulate through this program.

How many books can I request at one time?

  • Five books may be requested at one time, for a maximum of 25 total Research item checkouts. This total includes all Research Library items currently on loan to the borrower: materials borrowed before the Library’s closure, materials received by MaRLI by Mail, as well as materials picked up via Grab & Go for Researchers.

What is the loan period for items borrowed through the Grab & Go for Researchers program?

  • Materials are loaned for 120 days, and are subject to recall. However, patrons may request renewal by email.

Can Interlibrary Loan requests be picked up through the Grab & Go for Researchers service?

  • Yes, patrons eligible for the Library’s Research Borrower Programs may also pick up their Interlibrary Loan requests. Please send an email to to request Grab & Go service for your Research Interlibrary Loan items.

Are items from the ReCAP Shared Collection eligible to be requested and borrowed through the Grab & Go for Researchers service?

Will patrons be able to check out any circulating materials from the research branches?

  • Circulating collections at the Library for the Performing Arts will be available via the Library’s Grab & Go service. Books must be pre-ordered for pick up at LPA — browsing is not available at this time.

Do patrons need to schedule an appointment to pick up their Grab & Go items?

  • No. Only patrons needing to consult non-circulating materials onsite are required to have an appointment to enter the Research Centers.

How long will the Grab & Go for Researchers service be available?

  • The Grab & Go service will remain available while the Research Libraries offer only limited access to our buildings as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. As we continue to evaluate the circumstances, we will notify eligible users when there is a change in service.

How do I return Research books?

  • All Research Library loans, including those borrowed before the Library’s closure, those received through the MaRLI by Mail program, as well as those borrowed through the Grab & Go service may be returned in person to the Research Center from which they were borrowed. Please note that Research items may not be returned to the Library’s branch locations.

Can I return Grab & Go books by mail?

  • Generally, only those items borrowed through the MaRLI by Mail program may be returned by mail. If you have an extenuating circumstance preventing you from returning Grab & Go items in person, please email to arrange their return.

I am not an eligible participant in this program. How can I request Research collections?

  • Participation in the Grab & Go for Researchers program is limited to the users listed above. Other users wishing to consult materials may make an appointment and use Research items onsite. Additionally, all NYPL cardholders may request electronic document delivery of a single chapter, article or small portion of select items. Place requests via the Research Catalog. Please also note that the Library provides remote access to hundreds of databases to support your research.




Do I need to wear a face mask?

  • Yes, all patrons coming on site will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in the library.

What if I don't have a mask?

  • Disposable masks will be provided to any patron who arrives without an appropriate face covering.

What if I am unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition?

  • As an accommodation for those who cannot wear a face mask because of a medical condition or because they are deaf or hard of hearing, a face shield may be worn.
  • The face shield must be a hooded face shield or wrap around the sides of the wearer's face and extend below the chin.

Under what circumstances should I avoid visiting the Library?

  • Patrons are asked to refrain from entering any Library building if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, have a fever, were recently in contact with someone who has COVID-19, or recently travelled to a state or country requiring a 14-day quarantine.
  • Please consult the NY State COVID-19 Travel Advisory for information on the NY State guidelines regarding domestic and international travel. Out-of-area researchers should also review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's travel guidance.

Will NYPL be screening patrons for symptoms before entry?

  • Research Libraries are equipped with thermal scanning devices. Both staff and patrons are required to pass through this screening device before entering the facility.
  • If a patron's temperature reads as 100.4° F or higher after two readings, they are not permitted to enter the facility. Learn more.

Are you quarantining materials?

  • Our staff are using hygiene protocols and personal protective equipment to ensure that we limited potential contamination of the materials you receive.
  • As soon as materials are returned, they will be quarantined for 24 hours before they can be used again by another patron.

I have a question that isn't answered above. How do I get in touch with Library staff?

  • Please direct all questions about the Library's Research Borrower programs to