How to request library materials

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 "details":



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



You will be brought to the 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, since this information does not automatically populate.



If you a 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 proper library department for processing. Please note that your items will not be paged until you speak with a librarian. It is helpful to alert the librarians when you submit your first request. Please provide them with your username or the transaction number (or both) which are highlighted below. This will expedite the processing of your request. Also note the "Status" highlighted below; this will let you know which department your request was sent to.



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.