Planning Your Visit

Location & Hours

The Grolier Club Library is located at 47 East 60th Street, New York City (between Park and Madison Avenues).

The Grolier Club Library is open to Grolier Club members and by appointment only to non-members whose focused research in the art and history of the book requires the use of items uniquely held by the Library. New non-member researchers are required to bring a photo I.D. and are encouraged to provide plenty of advance notice as preferred time slots may not always be available.

The Library is open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday; the Library is closed in August, and on the following holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

To request materials, make appointments, or request reference assistance, please contact the Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Constantinou,, 212-838-6690. 

Guidelines for Researchers

Library Registration and Requests for Materials (Including Off-Site Storage Requests)
--Use of the Library by non-members is by appointment only. Readers must identify themselves to the front desk attendant when they enter the Club.
--All readers are asked to stow coats, bags, packages, briefcases, hats, and umbrellas in the coat room lockers, which are available at no cost, or in a designated location in the Library. Only necessary paper, laptop computers, and reference materials are permitted in the main reading room. Belongings may be subject to search before leaving and must be retrieved by 5 p.m. 
--Non-member readers are asked to present a picture I.D. and complete an application form available from the Librarian.
--Requests are limited to five items at a time; more items may be retrieved only at the discretion of the Librarian. 
--Requests for materials from off-site storage must be received at least 72 hours in advance of the planned visit. 
--Please request materials by contacting the Grolier Club Librarian, Meghan Constantinou,, 212-838-6690. Please provide a list of the materials you wish to consult, including call numbers.  

Use of Materials                                                                                     
--Materials do not circulate and must not be removed from the main reading room.
--All readers are asked to use pencil; pens are prohibited. Pencils are available in the main reading room. Do not mark, erase, lean on, write on, or trace any materials. 
--Items in envelopes or folders must be kept in the order they are arranged. Please advise the Librarian of misplaced or missing items. 
--Some collections or parts of collections may contain restricted materials. Permission to use restricted materials may be addressed to the Librarian. 
--Readers are advised to leave Library materials on the reading room table or book cart; they will be re-shelved by Library staff.

Photocopying Services 
--Materials may be copied only by the Library staff, and readers will be charged for copies according to the current Library photocopying services rate. Some materials may not be photocopied at all, including rare books, folios, fragile materials, and oversize and bound manuscripts. Consult the Librarian regarding possible alternatives, including photography.
--At the discretion of the Librarian, the Library responds to requests for limited photocopying received via mail and email ( The Library will reproduce copyrighted material only within the principle of "fair use," and the patron shall assume all responsibility in questions regarding copyright of Library materials.

Digital Photography
--Researchers may take non-flash digital photographs of select library materials with the permission of the Librarian. Photographs may be used for personal reference and research purposes only. The researcher accepts full responsibility for determining whether or not U.S. copyright law protects the materials being photographed and whether or not his or her use exceeds the limits of the law.  

Circulation Policy 
--The Grolier Club Library does not participate in Interlibrary loan. Library collections do not circulate, and all materials must be used in the Library reading room. Portions of some materials may be made available through photocopying and digital photography (see "Photocopying Services" and "Digital Photography" above).

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