How to request library materials

The Library is currently operating by appointment only. Before requesting collections, please contact us at LibraryAppts@nyhistory.org to discuss your research project and set up an appointment. Only those with appointments will be admitted to the Library's reading room.

Once you have created a collections request account, you may begin requesting items through our library's catalog. To begin, search our catalog:



When you find the item you are looking for, click on the title:



Scroll down and click "Click here to request N-YHS materials"



You will be brought to the Aeon login page (if you are not already logged in.) Enter your username and password as you normally would. New users should proceed with the registration process; the item you requested will still be pending until you complete the registration process.



Upon logging in, the request form will automatically populate with Location, Call Number, Title, Author, and Date information for the item you are requesting. Remember to enter the scheduled date in its proper field by clicking on the small calendar icon, since this information does not automatically populate.



If you are requesting an item of multiple volumes, please manually enter the volume numbers (if known.) Also, please remember that selecting "Keep in Review" places your request in a private holding queue that the librarians cannot see, and therefore will be unable to process your request.



Once you click "Submit Request", your request will be routed to the library department for processing. Note the "Status" highlighted below; this will let you know to which department your request was sent. This status will change to "Appointment Confirmed" after you appointment has been confirmed with LibraryAppts@nyhistory.org.



Special Request Situations

When requesting materials from our Manuscripts Department, or Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections, please follow the directions on their respective request forms when making a request.