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The Research Library

The NYS Library's 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.

  • Reference Desk: (518) 474-5355
  • Manuscripts and Special Collections Reference Desk: (518) 474-6282
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Circulation Services

The NYS Library's collections are available to use on-site at the library or may be available to borrower either directly for registered borrowers or via Interlibrary Loan through your local library.

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Research Services

Librarians are available to help you identify resources to support your research. Contact the NYS Library's Reference Services unit to get started.

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Manuscripts and Special Collections

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 American history, literature, science and the arts.

Plan Your Visit

We encourage you to prepare in advance to make the best use of your time. Here are some steps you can take:

Last Updated: September 14, 2021