Although primarily a library for the general reader, there is considerable potential for research. Nonmembers are invited without charge to use the ground floor to read, do research, and avail themselves of the Library’s excellent collection of print reference materials, as well as to use books from the stacks and consult a reference librarian.
Our Reference desk is staffed by librarians every day from 11AM - 4PM.
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The following resources are available to all reserachers:
- City Readers: Digital Historic Collections at the New York Society Library
- Special Collections
- NYC Notices, 1836-1868
Marriages and deaths among prominent New Yorkers