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Bard Graduate Center Library
The Bard Graduate Center Library is a non-circulating research collection supporting advanced studies in the decorative arts, design, garden history, landscape studies and culture. The Library's collection comprises approximately 40,000 volumes, including rare books, microforms, and videos. In addition, the Library subscribes to more than 250 periodicals and provides on-line access to numerous subscription databases: periodical indexes and other research tools. Our mission is to support students, faculty, and staff in their academic endeavors and research needs. We provide reference assistance through workshops and personal appointments and assist patrons in using the rich resources available in the New York City area.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Library
The Gardener's Resource Center provides reference services to home gardeners, staff, and the professional horticultural community. It is a convenient access point from which to learn more about all of the Library's collections and about the Garden's plant collections. The Gardener's Resource Center is located on the second floor of the historic McKim, Mead & White Administration Building.

Brooklyn Historical Society
Library & Archives

C.V. Starr Library of the Japan Society
C.V. Starr Library is an ideal place for research on Japan and U.S.-Japan relations. Approximately 14,000 volumes (primarily in English) offer Members a comprehensive resource for information on Japanese art, history, culture, society, politics, religion and many other subjects.

City Hall Library. Dept. of Records & Info. Svcs.
Established in 1913, The City Hall Library (formerly: The Municipal Reference and Research Center), is the statutory depository for all official reports and studies published by New York City government agencies. Agencies are required to submit four copies of each report to the library. The recently passed Local Law 11 of 2003 also directs agencies to post mandated reports on the Department of Records Website: wwww.records.nyc.gov. In addition to approximately 250,000 reports, books and other publications, the library has an extensive collection of clippings and pamphlets on New York City matters. Selected state and federal publications pertinent to New York City are also on file. Other special interest materials that are available include: -Biographies of City and State officials -Executive orders and local laws -Mayoral committees and commissions -New York City neighborhood files -New York City history -Annotated New York City street name index -Rules and regulations of New York City agencies -Board of Estimate Proceedings -The annual Civil List of current New York City employees, 1952 - present -Civil Service job descriptions, eligibility lists for New York City positions and pre-1990's exams.

Columbia University Libraries
Columbia’s 25 Libraries, with 9.5 million volumes, 117,264 current serials, and an extensive collection of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats, ranks as one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation.

David M. Dennis
Large collection of Colonial and early American NYC prints, maps, documents, books. Much related specifically to Harlem, Bloomindale and Manhattanville.

Greenacre Reference Library
The Greenacre Reference Library, MAS’ research library, is devoted to the complex ecology of New York City and beyond: urban culture and the environment, natural and built.

John & Francine Haskell Library
The French Institute Alliance Française was formed in 1971 with the merger of two of New York’s oldest and most distinguished francophile institutions: the French Institute, established in 1911, and the Alliance Française, founded in 1898. The Library was inherited from the French Institute and for nearly a century has presented to the francophone and francophile communities of New York City a broad view of French culture and civilization. The Library began as a simple reading room with periodicals, sales catalogues and reference books on French art and was later expanded to include a broad selection of materials on history, literature, civilization, and social sciences. In 1998, thanks to the generous support of individuals and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Library was completely renovated by the acclaimed architect Michael Graves, recipient of the 1999 National Medal of the Arts and the 2000 Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. The Library specializes in materials on contemporary France and plays a key role in supporting and promoting cultural and pedagogical activities, as well as providing its members with a window on contemporary France. Visitors may consult materials onsite and our members may borrow materials. The Library catalog may be consulted via the internet. In addition to an excellent collection of over 30,000 books, the bright and sophisticated new space now houses a state-of-the-art médiathèque , with a 1,500-title video and DVD collection, CD-ROMs, contemporary and classical music, as well as over 100 magazines and newspapers that cover all areas of contemporary French culture. The Dillon Family Centre de Ressources provides users with a wide range of informational services. The Jacques and Alexandre Leviant Centre d’Auto-Apprentissage provides a valuable adjunct to the teaching activities of the FIAF Language Center. Young readers can delight in the materials & services to be found in the John & Francine Haskell Espace Jeunesse. We look forward to meeting the informational and recreational needs of our members well into the 21st century. If you are interested in learning about France for your personal, professional, recreational or educational needs, let the Library be your guide to this fascinating culture.

Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden

Mina Rees Library at CUNY-Graduate Center
The Library's collection includes 305,000 print volumes, 555,00 microforms, and 8,258 current electronic and print serials subscriptions. Collection strengths are in the humanities and social sciences with more modest holdings in the sciences. Monograph collection development focuses on materials that support course requirements and preparation for qualifying examinations. Strengths of the collection include bibliography; ERIC documents on microfiche; the most complete collection of Presidential Papers in New York City (in microform); and CUNY doctoral dissertations.

Museum of Modern Art Library
The Museum Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present. Staff are available to help locate relevant collections and materials, or to direct your question to the appropriate department. The Library's holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 300 periodical subscriptions, and over 40,000 vertical files of announcements and ephemera about individual artists. Collection highlights include works on Dada and Surrealism, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, and the Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D) Archive. DADABASE is the catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art Library and Study Centers. DADABASE includes records for all material in the Library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, pamphlet files, artists' books, special collections materials, and websites. DADABASE lists materials in diverse media, but the materials themselves are not online. Rather, DADABASE describes what the materials are and where they can be consulted at the Museum. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives. The Libraries are now located at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building in midtown Manhattan and at MoMA QNS in Long Island City, Queens. For details on access, locations, and hours, please see the Library FAQ.

SUNY-Martitime College Stephen B. Luce Library
The Library is named in honor of Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce (1827-1917), an outstanding educator and seaman, author of the classic text on Seamanship, and an effective and persistent advocate for the establishment of state nautical schools. The Luce Library, recipient of the AIA/ALA award of merit for outstanding library design, occupies 19,000 square feet of the north wing of historic Fort Schuyler on the Throgs Neck peninsula in the Bronx. Fort Schuyler, a granite two-story pentagonal fortification, was built in the early nineteenth century and served as part of New York City's coastal defense, affording protection against invasion from the Long Island Sound. The Luce Library represents a well rounded collection with special strength in marine engineering, naval architecture, marine transportation, oceanography, meteorology, global business and transportation, economics and management. The library's print and digital collections are searchable through the online catalog, the Sextant. The Stephen B. Luce Library is known for its impressive archival collections documenting Maritime History since 1700's and the home of the 1770 historic Charter of the Marine Society of New York. In addition to the print collections, the library subscribes to a wealth of electronic databases accessible via the Internet through SUNYConnect. As a selective federal depository, the library acquires government documents on a range of topics including nautical charts, sailing directions, and US Coast Guard and MARAD (Maritime Administration) publications.

St. Johns University Libraries
St. Augustine Hall, Queens The Main Library is truly the crossroads of the Queens Campus: in the fall 2002 semester our gate count indicates an average of 19,000 students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members visited the Library each week. The Main Library is also the largest of the University Libraries in size of collection and number of special services provided. The University Archives, Special Collections, a preservation lab, and the Media and Instructional Materials Centers are all located in this Library. The Academic Commons was opened in November 2002. This large, inviting space, designed by Guenther5 Architects, extends academic space for students beyond the classroom for relaxed and contemplative study. There are three group study rooms (reservations required - ask at the Circulation Desk, 2nd floor) and a quiet study room, in addition to the main reading room. The academic Commons is also home to the University's undergraduate Honors Program. In the fall of 2006, the Quiet Study Area opened in the north wing of the first floor. In addition to carrels for individual research and study, there are four group study rooms (reservations required - ask at the Circulation Desk, 2nd floor).

THE NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY
The New York Society Library, the oldest in the city, was founded in 1754 by the New York Society, a civic-minded group formed in the belief that the availability of books would help the city to prosper. A subscription library, it now contains nearly three hundred thousand volumes -- the result of the tastes of its members over almost the last quarter millennium. Although this is primarily a library for the general reader, it has considerable potential for research. Holdings may be searched using either the Library's card catalogs or its catalog. Members may borrow books and have the use of several reading and study rooms on the upper floors; they can also browse in the stacks. Non-members are invited without charge to use the ground floor for reading and reference. The Library is a not-for-profit corporation supported by its membership fees, by income from its endowment (built largely from bequests), and by contributions, which are tax-deductible.

The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library
The Library staff is available to provide some assistance for on-site visitors. While the stacks are closed, the staff will assist researchers in using the card catalog, computer database catalog, and finding aids to access whatever information may assist in answering the patron's questions. Photocopies of Library material are available at a cost of $0.25 per copy.

The Grolier Club
The Grolier Club is pre-eminent among libraries documenting the buying, selling and collecting of books. The research core of the Library is a collection of over sixty thousand bookseller and book auction catalogues, perhaps the largest (and certainly the most accessible) archive in America of this notoriously rare and ephemeral material, and much consulted by book historians. The collection includes a large number of important early examples, including a 1643 French inventory of the library of Jean de Cordes; the first recorded English book auction catalogue (the Lazarus Seaman sale, London, 1676, right); and the very rare 1772 list of American bookseller Henry Knox, one of only two copies known. Many of these catalogues bear contemporary annotations concerning buyers and prices, making them doubly valuable for those trying to trace the provenance of particular books. Of equal value in their way, however, are the many thousands of obscure and unrecorded catalogues, valuable raw data in the study of the movement of books (and therefore knowledge and culture) in America and elsewhere. The Library also maintains comprehensive runs of catalogues from the major European and American houses, supplemented by archival collections documenting the activities of important dealers.

The Horticutlure Society of New York Library
HSNY’s 12,000-volume library covers the breadth of horticultural subjects from gardening basics to urban greenroof technology. With thousands of volumes on all aspects of gardens and gardening, The HSNY Library informs and inspires gardeners, students, and casual browsers along with professional artists, designers, horticulturists, and writers. Throughout the year the Library also hosts public programs that enlighten and delight including informal presentations by garden writers, lectures and panel discussions.

The Morgan Library and Museum
Located in midtown Manhattan at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, the Morgan houses one of the world's greatest collections of artistic, literary, and musical works, from ancient times to the medieval and Renaissance periods to the present day.

The Old York Library at CUNY-Graduate Center
The Old York Library contains a unique assemblage of books, maps, images, newspaper, and memorabilia of New York City. The collection, found in the 1960s by Seymour Durst, chronicles the history, geography, architecture, culture, politics, and many other aspects that tell the story of New York City.

The Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
The library has a collection of approximately 5,500 books and other publications covering the fine and decorative arts, including painting, drawing, ceramics, furniture, interiors and design. Coverage of specific subject areas includes art business, art law, contemporary art, museum collections, exhibition catalogues, patronage and connoisseurship. The library holds the last five years of Sotheby's New York sales catalogues relevant to the academic programmes offered. The library subscribes to fifty current journal titles in hardcopy format including Artforum, Art in America, Art Newspaper and Frieze.

American Craft Council Library
The ACC Library collects materials on contemporary American craft. It also holds the archives of the ACC, which operated the American Craft Museum until 1990. The ACC's founder, Aileen Osburn Webb, was instrumental in the development of the contemporary American Craft movement.

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
The Avery Library of Columbia University is an open-stack research library containing over 250,000 volumes and 1800 periodical titles.

Brooklyn Public Library
Numerous branch libraries throughout Brooklyn, many of which offer special collections, educational programs, discussions and exhibitions. The Central Branch of BPL is also home to the Brooklyn Collection and is the home of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle online and in print.

New York Public Library
New York Public Library has 85 neighborhood branch locations in Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan and 4 research locations along with numerous archives and special collections. See web site for comprehensive information on different locations.

Pierpont Morgan Library
The former private libary of Pierpont Morgan and J. P. Morgan. Various collections on New York and in other thematic and geographical areas. Collections of illuminated manuscripts, printed books and bindings, prints and drawings, historical documents, music, objects d'art. See "Calendar of Events" for public programs and current exhibitions.

Queens Borough Public Library
63 branch locations in addition to the central location. Programs, lectures, special collections, and exhibits. See calendar of events to search for current happenings.

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