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The New York State Library is Open!

We are excited to welcome you back to the Library! In accordance with new safety guidelines, visitors will notice that we have new safety rules in place. Please review the information provided here to ensure a safe return to the Library for everyone.

  • Beginning 6/25/2021, no pre-registration is needed to visit the 7th Floor Research Library.
  • All visits to the 11th Floor Manuscripts and Special Collections must be scheduled in advance.

Library Hours

  • Open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am–5 pm.
  • Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all state-observed holidays.
  •  Manuscripts and Special Collections is open 10 am - 4 pm by appointment. Contact the Manuscripts and Special Collections Unit to schedule a visit.

Prepare in Advance to Make the Best Use of Your Time On-site

We encourage visitors to make some preparations in advance to maximize their time on-site.

  • Talk to a reference librarian about the kinds of materials the Library has that may be relevant to your research.
  • Request that materials be retrieved in advance and put on reserve so that they are ready for you upon your arrival.
    • Contact our reference unit at 518-474-5355 or by e-mail at refserv@nysed.govto have items pulled.
    • If you have a list of items to be reserved, e-mail it to circulation at

Updates and Changes to Services

  • A limited number of public access computers, microfilm readers, and scanners/book scanners will be available.
  • Volunteers from the Capital District Genealogy Society will be available to assist with genealogy research.

For Your Health and Safety

All visitors…

  • must wear a mask and maintain a social distancing of 6 feet.
  • who cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons should contact the NYS Library for information about accommodations.

The NYS Library will...

  • provide hand sanitizer. There are dispensers by the elevators, and we will have scent-neutral hand sanitizer available at the service desks. 
  • sanitize equipment and work spaces after use.

Book Pick Up and Book Return

Request Materials for Pickup

  • Researchers may submit a request for pick-up by contacting Reference Services at 518-474-5355 or
  • For email requests, include your name, phone number, email address, NYS Library borrower card number, and if the item is for on-site pickup or curbside pickup.
  • On-site pickups will be available to pickup at the Circulation Desk on the 7th floor.
  • Curbside pickups will be checked out to your account and a Circulation Unit staff member will contact you to make arrangements for curbside pickup.

Return Borrowed Materials

  • Send items using US Registered mail or UPS.
  • NYS Government employees may return items using NYS Interagency mail.
  • Book returns are located on the 1st floor of the Cultural Education Center or at the Circulation Desk on the 7th floor.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk at 518-473-7895 or to arrange for curbside drop-off.

ADA Compliance

For individuals needing disability accommodations while the Library is operating under conditions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, please call (518-474-5355) or email the New York State Library.

Last Updated: September 10, 2021