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Public Access

The Library is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:00pm-5:30pm.

Photograph of the Reference desk in the Reading Room of the Research Library, April 11, 2017
Reference desk in the Reading Room of the Research Library, April 11, 2017. Image no. MS_170411_3748-2, AMNH Library

Members of the public may use the Library during our staff hours with an appointment (Monday & Friday 9:30am-4:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30am-5:30pm).

Please note that the stacks are not open to the public and Library materials cannot be borrowed. However, items may be paged from the collection for your use in the Reading Room. Please use the Search page to see our holdings prior to your visit. For help finding materials, review the Search Help page.

Access to material in the Rare Book Collection and Special Collections is by appointment only. To make an appointment to view a rare book complete the following form. To make an appointment to view archives and other special collections, please refer to our Special Collections Access and Policies page.

Library Policies

  1. All patrons must leave coats and bags in the designated area at the entrance to the Library, and must register at the Reference Desk before using Library facilities.
  2. Patrons may not bring food or drink into the Library.
  3. Patrons may consult the reference collection (which is housed in the Reading Room) or submit call slips to request items from the general collection (Main Stacks). 
  4. Patrons must submit picture identification (i.e. driver's license, school ID, etc.) at the time when materials are delivered that will be held at the Reference Desk until the patron has returned all Library materials. At their discretion, Reference Staff may limit the use of especially fragile or rare materials.
  5. The computers located in the Reading Room are provided for research purposes only. These computers may be used to access resources such as the Library's Catalog, Databases, and E-Journals.
  6. A Reference Librarian is on duty at all times to assist with research inquiries. Librarians are able to answer inquiries that can be resolved quickly using ready reference resources. For more in-depth inquiries, librarians will advise patrons on how to conduct research using Library resources.

Please contact us if you have any questions about gaining access to the Library or finding Library materials.