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New York University Archives: Visiting the University Archives

This guide will acquaint you with the resources available at the New York University Archives; inform you how to conduct research using these resources.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

The University Archives is open to the public and to all members of the NYU community, including administrators, faculty, students, and alumni. Those without a valid NYU ID must obtain a pass from Library Privileges just inside the entrance to the library.

Appointments are suggested. The best way to make an appointment is to email or call 212-998-2641.

In your email, please include your name, preferred appointment time(s), and research topic. If you have already identified collection material you want to see, please include collection and box numbers, as well.

Our finding aids will indicate whether a collection is stored offsite. Offsite collections take additional time for the boxes to be delivered to the University Archives.

Materials are stored in closed stacks used by Archives staff only. Items do not circulate and must be used in the reading room.

Researchers may not scan or photocopy materials themselves. Staff will show you how to flag material you would like copied or scanned.

Consult Archives staff about photocopy and scanning fees. You will need to fill out additional forms to request any kind of reproductions.

With staff permission, you may take digital photographs of material without flash.

You may use a laptop or tablet to take notes. The NYU Archives has outlets and extension cords for laptops.

What to Expect