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Researching Magazines at The New York Public Library: Home


The magazine is a powerful factor in the diffusion of knowledge.

- Carolyn F. Ulrich, 1926, Chief of the Periodical Division 

The 42nd Street Library has been home to one of the nation's largest collections of magazines since it first opened in 1911. With its wealth of news reporting, analysis, articles, artwork, ads, and more, this collection has been a valuable source of knowledge for readers, offering insights on various topics from magazines published in the US and worldwide. Today, the magazine collection continues to grow and remains an essential part of the Library.

This research guide introduces:

  • Overview of the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
  • A selection of historical and current magazine holdings at the 42nd Street Library
  • Resources for locating and conducting research for magazine titles and history

For any questions or research help, please email the General Research Division.

Note: This guide only covers a selection of magazines available at the 42nd Street Library, one of the research libraries within The New York Public Library system. This guide does not provide an exhaustive list of all the magazines available in the collection. The collection boasts a vast array of magazines, numbering in the thousands and counting.

Cover of Japan New York = ジャパンニュ-ヨ-ク
Cover of Latina
Cover of 13th Moon
Cover of Go!
Cover of Honolulu
Cover of Babilonia
Cover of Allure
Cover of 34 Letras
Cover of Arizona Highways
Cover of Brooklyn Magazine
Cover of Ellas
Cover of People en español
Cover of Evergreen Review
Cover of GirlJock
Cover of Sesame Street Magazine
Cover of Hot Rod
Cover of Circles
Cover of Fujin no tomo / 婦人 之 友
Cover of La Familia
Cover of Food & Wine

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