It is in the special collections of libraries that researchers will find rare books, manuscripts, organizational records, posters, photographs, oral history interviews, and other unique materials.
It is always a wise policy to visit a special collection's website and/or contact library staff prior to visiting to find out about access policies and protocols.
Because of the unique, rare, and sometimes fragile nature of the materials housed in special collections, researchers must comply with some basic guidelines when visiting them.
Visit the websites of NYU Special Collections for information.
Duplicating services are often available to researchers for a fee in special collections. Services include:
Contact staff and/or consult the repository’s websites for details: NYU Special Collections.
Depending on the repository and/or the collection, access to certain materials may be restricted. Consult a repository’s home page for details on access, reading room hours, ID requirements, etc., before visiting.
Electronic finding aids for archival collections contain a section that details any restrictions governing use of the collection. Be certain to read that section carefully.
To make the most of your research visit, always contact a special collection prior to visiting, especially if you are traveling a long distance.
NYU Special Collections, a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, abides by the Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials Approved by the ACRL Standards & Accreditation Committee, ACRL Board of Directors, and the
It is always a good idea to consult a special collection's website and contact library staff before you visit to find out about access policies and to make certain that the collections you need will be available to you.
Archivists and librarians can help you navigate finding aids and offer research assistance.