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New York City Research Guide

Find resources on researching neighborhoods in the 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island

Find Books

Search the 'Books & More' tab on the library website using keywords in the title, author, or subject, or the ISBN.

  • Ebooks can be accessed through links under the 'Online Access' section of the page.

  • Physical books are arranged using Library of Congress classification.  The New School students can borrow or request materials to pick up at any of our locations:

    • University Center Library (63 Fifth Avenue, 6th & 7th Floors): Art, Design, Technology
    • List Center Library (6 E. 16th Street, 8th Floor): Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Performing Arts Library (55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor): Music, Dance, Theater

View Access and Borrowing info, or Renew Books on the library website.  Most books can be borrowed for 16 weeks and renewed twice.

Use Consortium Libraries (NYU, Cooper Union, New York School of Interior Design) with your New School ID card.

Three ways to find related books:

  1. Click on subject headings in the library catalog.
  2. Browse the shelf to find books under the same call number.
  3. Look up books and articles referenced in literature.

Login to the library catalog to see more access options:

  • Offsite: Request items by clicking on the arrow to the right of the item listing and clicking on "Request Item."  You will receive an email when the item is available, 1-2 days.  
  • E-ZBorrow: Request books to be delivered to The New School in 3-5 business days.  Borrow for 16 weeks; no renewals.  Learn more.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Recommended for periodical articles, or books not available through E-ZBorrow.  To request, login to your ILL account.  Watch our video tutorial for detailed instructions.

METRO: Resource-sharing service for New York City area libraries. Onsite access only. (No borrowing privileges). 

WorldCat: Search WorldCat, a union catalog of library holdings around the world.  Learn How.

Request a Purchase of any books that you need for your research.

The New School subscribes to several E-book Databases.  Full-text searching is possible when searching within individual ebook databases.

Google Books can be used as a tool to search inside books.  Locate books using our library catalog.

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CALL NUMBERS

F 128 -  History and Geography of New York City  -- at List Center Library, 6 East 16th Street, 8th Floor

NA 735 - Architecture of New York City -- at the University Center Library, 63 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor

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