The NYS Library's Regent Joseph E. Bowman Jr. Research Library was established by law in 1818, to collect, preserve, and make available materials that support NY State government work. The Library’s collections include over 20 million items, and are utilized by researchers on-site, online, and via interlibrary loan. On June 13, 2022, the Library was renamed to honor Dr. Joseph E. Bowman Jr., who served on the New York State Board of Regents from 2001 until 2010.
The NYS Library's collections are available to use on-site at the library or may be available to borrowers either directly for registered borrowers or via Interlibrary Loan through your local library.
Librarians are available to help you identify resources to support your research. Contact the NYS Library's Reference Services unit to get started.
These collections include some of New York's documentary treasures relating the history of New York State from the 17th century to the present. They provide insight into many topics related to American history, literature, science and the arts.
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