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Tamiment Library Research Guides & Tools: Access Policies

Research guides and tools for the Tamiment Library's collections.

Research Visits and Library Services

All researchers wishing to use archival collections and researchers unaffiliated with NYU wishing to use the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives must register to use the collections, which entails registering a Special Collections Research Account and showing a valid photo ID when they arrive at Tamiment.

We ask that researchers observe the following:

  • Register for a Special Collections Research Account
  • Sign in each day
  • Hang up all coats and outerwear
  • Store all bags, including camera cases and laptop cases, in the lockers provided
  • Use pencils, laptops or tablets to take notes
  • Handle materials carefully
  • No food, beverages, or gum are allowed in the reading room
  • Cell phones must remain silenced in the reading room

Requests for archival materials, printed ephemera, and oral history interviews, researchers are made through your Special Collections Research Account. You can request books and serials directly through BobCat catalog records. You can request archival collections via finding aids available in the Archival Search Portal.  For more information consult the SCRA FAQ.

A number of the Tamiment Library's archival collections and some serials and monographs are housed in offsite storage. Depending the location of the materials, it can take 2 business days for the materials to arrive at Tamiment, or up to 7 business days. Contact our staff at or tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630 with additional questions.

There are three PCs in the Tamiment Library's Reading Room on which researchers may access their Special Collections Research Account, our Archival Search PortalBobCat (New York University's library catalog), the Tamiment Library website, and other electronic resources. 

Guest Wifi is available to all researchers. Please ask for more information in the reading room about how to register.

With the exception of reference titles on open shelves in the Reading Room, the Tamiment Library's books, serials, oral history interviews, printed ephemera, and archival collections are held in closed stacksAll Tamiment Library materials must be used on site and do not circulate.

NYU Faculty and Graduate Assistants may request an instruction session at the Tamiment Library tailored to the research needs of the class. Please fill out an online request form if you would like to bring your class to the library. The online form is used for all Bobst Library instruction requests. Library staff will contact you to make arrangements. Please specify on the form that you are making a request for an instruction session in the Tamiment Library.

Getting Here

To visit the Tamiment, come to the Bobst Library at 70 Washington Square South (on the southeast corner of Washington Square Park). Information about getting to NYU can be found in NYU's general "Getting Here" guide. The subway instructions will give you information about how to walk to Washington Square Park. Once you get to the end of Waverly Place, take a left onto Washington Square East, and walk to the corner. Bobst Library is the tall, red building on the corner of Washington Square South and Washington Square East (which turns into W 4th Street). Once you arrive at Bobst, locate the library privileges desk to your left when you come in the doors. There, show a photo ID and tell them you'd like to visit the Tamiment.  They'll give you a day pass and you can come up to the 10th floor, where we're located in between the banks of elevators.

Reproduction and Permissions Services

Researchers wishing copies of archival materials must fill out and sign a reproduction request form and tag pages to be copied with acid-free flags available at the Reference Desk. If you are unable to visit Tamiment to flag materials yourself, please contact our staff at tamiment.wagner@library.edu for assistance. 

Photocopies or low-resolution PDF scans are $0.20 per page. For physical copies, there is an additional $5 domestic/$10 international mailing fee over 25 pages. Low-resolution PDF scans can be sent immediately via email, Google Drive, or Dropbox. High-resolution scans are $10 per page and can also be sent immediately via email, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Payment can be submitted by cash, check, money order, or wire transfer. Materials will be released after payment has been received.

Tamiment holds audio recordings on CD, cassette, and reel-to-reel tape. Because of preservation concerns, access copies must be made before researchers may listen to recordings. If a researcher wishes to listen to a recording on site, there is no charge for making a user copy if one is needed. If a researcher wishes to purchase a copy of a recording for reference use outside the library, there is a $10 fee per item. Turn around time is 4-6 weeks. Please note that the Tamiment Library can NOT make copies of recordings for off site use unless there is a signed release form on file for the recording. For more information, please contact us at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Researchers wishing to publish images of materials in the Library's collections or quote from unpublished materials must request permission to do so in writing from library staff and the copyright holders. Contact reference staff at tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630 for details.

You may bring your own camera to the library to take still photographs of library materials for reference purposes only. All copyright laws apply. This service is free, but prior to taking reference photographs of the Tamiment's collections, researchers must fill out and sign an application form and read the accompanying guidelines. A camera stand is available for researchers.