Fales Collection

Downtown Collection

Food Studies

Riot Grrrl Collection

Media Collections


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Reading Room Hours

Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 4:45

Reading Room closed every Friday, and June 20 - 24, August 8 - Sep. 2



The Fales Library is open to NYU students, faculty and staff, as well as qualified researchers and scholars from throughout the US and abroad. Appointments are necessary for all researchers who wish to consult archival materials. To schedule an appointment, please email Fales at fales.library@nyu.edu.

The Fales Library operates on a closed stack system: books and archival collections are retrieved for patrons who read them in the Reading Room. Our items do not circulate. 48 hours advance notice is required when making appointments. The Reading Room can fill up, so please make appointments as far in advance as possible.


Fales is located on the 3rd floor of NYU's Bobst Library. Mailing address:

Fales Library & Special Collection
70 Washington Square So, Third Floor
New York, NY 10012

Collection Development

Collection development policies for the Fales Library and Special Collections are available for each area of collecting:
General Special Collections
Downtown Collection
Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection
Riot Grrrl Collection


Marvin J. Taylor, Director


Marvin Taylor holds a BA in Comparative Literature and an MLS from Indiana University, and an MA in English from NYU. He has held positions at the Lilly Library at Indiana University, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Health Sciences Library at Columbia University. He has been at the Fales Library since 1993. In 1994 Taylor founded the Downtown Collection, which contains over 12,000 printed books and 7,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, and 90,000 media elements. He was editor of The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984 (Princeton University Press, 2006), and co-curator of the exhibition “The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984.”

With Marion Nestle, Taylor founded the Marion Nestle Food Studies Collection in 2003. Today, the collection contains more than 55,000 cookbooks, as well as archives and ephemera. With Clark Wolf, Taylor edited 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes (Rizzoli, 2012). In 2013, Taylor was promoted to full curator, the only librarian to be promoted to this rank in the history of NYU. He continues to do research in Victorian Studies, experimental writing, English and American masculinities, downtown culture, contemporary art, and queer studies.

Lisa Darms, Senior Archivist


Lisa Darms has been the Fales Senior Archivist since January 2009, and is founder and curator of the Fales Riot Grrrl Collection. Prior to coming to Fales, she worked as a Project Archivist for Mayor Bloomberg’s electronic records project, and had a previous career as an artist, teacher, and custom photographic printer. Darms holds a Masters in History and Archival Management from NYU, and an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington, where she was a Graduate Fellow at the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media. She is currently adjunct faculty in NYU’s graduate program in Archives and Public History, and has taught courses on photography, digital imaging, and video. Her book The Riot Grrrl Collection was published by the Feminist Press in 2013, and she writes regularly on contemporary art and archives. Her research interests include art-theoretical intepretations of The Archive, the history of photography, and the history of the printed book and print illustration processes.

Brent Phillips, Audiovisual Archivist

Brent Phillips is a 2003 graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House. He holds a BA in English from Hunter College (CUNY) and has taught American History and English at the Harvey Milk High School in New York City. Phillips has worked as the Audiovisual Archivist at Fales Library since November 2003, where he safeguards the nearly 90,000 audiovisual holdings from various theater, dance, music, and cinema collections, as well as notable public access television collections like the Gay Cable Network Archive. His first book, Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, was published by University Press of Kentucky in December 2014.

Charlotte Priddle, Librarian for Printed Books

Charlotte Priddle holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in American Literature & Theory Since 1945 from the University of Sussex in the UK, and an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University. In her current role as Librarian for Printed Books, she is responsible for collection development and acquisitions, and oversees the cataloging and processing of all the printed collections. She is heavily involved in instruction, teaching multiple class sessions for faculty from NYU and other institutions, and is also involved in various digital projects, outreach and exhibition planning. Recent talks include the seminar “Conservation and Curation in the Age of Off-Site Storage” at RBMS June 2013, and the panel “Whither Collecting? New Visions for Special Collections in the 21st Century” in November 2013. She organized the Fales exhibition "Past Present Future: New Acquisitions for the 21st Century" in the fall of 2013. Her particular areas of interest include Victorian literature and the history of the book.