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Guide to the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division: Visiting the Research & Reference Division

Welcome! This guide will provide an overview of the Research & Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Visiting the Research & Reference Division: Helpful Tips

Here are some things you should know before visiting the Research and Reference Division at the Schomburg Center. For additional information, check out the Plan Your Research Visit page.

  1. Always make sure to check the hours and holiday closings prior to your visit.
  2. We are a closed stacks library, meaning we do not keep our collections on open shelves for spacing and preservation purposes. Don't worry! It usually only takes us between five and ten minutes to retrieve requested items. However, there are still some things you should know:
    1. In order to request items you need to have a New York Public Library Card.
    2. There are some instances where an item will be in offsite storage, which you can request ahead of time.
  3. As is the case with all four Research Libraries, you might be asked to check large bags and coats.
  4. Scanning and photocopying are available in the Research & Reference Division. You will need a flashdrive for scanning, if you forget yours you can purchase one in the Schomburg Gift Shop. Please don't hesitate to ask us about photocopies and photography polices.
  5. We have Internet computers and Catalog / Database computers available for our patrons, but please feel free to bring your own laptop.
  6. The Research and Reference Division provides access to digital microfilm readers.