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The Fales Library & Special Collections

The Fales Reading Room is closed from August 9 to September 2

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 350,000 volumes of book and print items, over 11,000 linear feet of archive and manuscript materials, and about 90,000 media elements, houses the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature, the Downtown Collection, the Food and Cookery Collection, the Riot Grrrl Collection, and the general Special Collections of the NYU Libraries.

We maintain a closed stacks reading room for scholarly access to our book collections, archival and manuscript collections, and media holdings. We also host public events and exhibitions, provide bibliographic instruction to class groups, and loan material from our collections for exhibitions and screenings worldwide.

Our mission is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to a wide range of primary research materials in their original formats, including books, manuscripts, media, archives, and other items in support of the educational and research activities of our various constituencies.