Answered By: Nicole LaMoreaux
Last Updated: Aug 14, 2019     Views: 55

Items designated "Special Collections" cannot be borrowed from the New School Libraries and Archives. Instead, researchers need to request an appointment to view the materials inside the University Center Library's Circulation Office or The New School Archives. Microfilm reels can only be consulted in List Center Library.

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

Appointments for viewing Special Collections items are scheduled in the University Center Library Monday through Friday between 8 am and 1 pm during the academic year (summer hours vary), or between 2-5 pm in the New School Archives reading room pending availability. 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. Special Collections items are available to any researcher making an appointment. Please note that individuals who do not possess a current New School-issued identification card will be required to present one form of photographic identification to enter the University Center building and sign-in at the guard’s desk. Card holders from the consortium libraries (NYU, Cooper Union, Cardozo) and New School Alumni Benefit card holders will also need to present their school-issued photographic identification and may not sign guests into the building. The New School does not accept MARLY cards issued by the New York Public Library.

"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. For more information on artists’ books, please consult this FAQ:


Note: This access policy is a revision and replaces all previous policies. August 2019.