Answered By: Nicole LaMoreaux
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017     Views: 6

Items designated "Special Collections" cannot be borrowed from the New School Libraries and Archives. Instead, researchers need to request an appointment and view the materials inside the University Center's Circulation Office. This is the only location where Special Collections materials can be consulted at The New School.

To request a Special Collections book or periodical, make an appointment, or inquire about items you have seen in the library catalog, write to speccoll@newschool.edu and be sure to include the title of the resource in your message.

Appointments for viewing Special Collections items are scheduled Monday through Friday between 8 am and 1 pm. Please provide three business days advance notice to ensure the delivery of your requested items.
 
You do not have to be a New School student, faculty member, or staff member to request a Special Collections appointment. They are available to any researcher making an appointment.
 

"Special Collections" is not a place or a location in the New School Libraries and Archives. It is a resource category. Usually, books, periodicals, and recordings are designated "Special Collections" if they are very old, rare, irreplaceable, expensive, can be easily damaged, or have many parts that can be lost. Most artists' books are designated Special Collections, as are many photobooks.