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Special Collections Account
The New York Public Library welcomes all to its special collections. To request access to special collections material, all users will need to create a Special Collections Account (which is separate from your NYPL Research catalog account.).

Please note that a NYPL library card is required to use NYPL Special Collections at all of the NYPL Research Centers. Apply for one here.

Click here to register for an account, or enter your Special Collections Account information below and press the Login button to continue. If you have forgotten your password, click here. To renew your account, log in and follow the instructions.

Your Special Collections Account will allow you to:
  • Arrange for a research visit to NYPL special collections locations.
  • Submit requests via links from catalog records and finding aids.
  • Submit requests directly through your user account using a blank request form.
  • Propose visit dates and manage your special collections appointments.
  • Have secure access to information about your requests, and track and review all of your requests across all NYPL special collections locations.
  • Each of our special collections reading rooms has its own hours; please confirm open hours here.
Visit our Special Collections Account FAQ and our Special Collections Account user guide. If you are not using special collections and need to log into your regular NYPL library card account, go to My Account at the top of this page.

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