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Archives & Special Collections

Finding and Accessing Material Held at CSI

Records for all holdings of books, printed materials, and archival collections appear online in the OneSearch.

For catalog records displaying the location Special Collections-Reserves: These materials may be accessed through the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. They are restricted to in-Library use, and may be borrowed for a two-hour period with a valid CUNY ID.

For catalog records displaying the location Archives 1L-216 or Special Collections 1L-216: This material should be requested in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room in 1L-216 (2nd floor). These materials do not circulate and must be used in the Reading Room.

When You Arrive

Access to manuscript materials is provided solely through the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, which is located on the Library’s second floor in Room 216. For hours and directions, please click here.

Please be aware that you will need to present current photographic identification to security personnel in order to enter the CSI Library.

Outerwear, bags, loose papers, folders, pens, highlighters, food or drink, and other personal items are not allowed in the Reading Room.

Lockers and a coat rack are provided for your use. Only pencils, notebooks, and laptop computers are allowed inside the reading room.

You will be asked to complete a registration form giving contact information, institutional affiliation, and the purpose of your visit.

If you have contacted the Archives ahead of time, the material you requested may be ready for you to use. If not, you may search for materials and fill out call slips for items to be paged. It is strongly recommended that you conduct preliminary research before coming to the archives.

Handling the Collections

Once you have determined which items you wish to see, please fill out call slips in order to request items. Call slips are available at the registration desk.

Please make sure that your hands are clean before using materials.

Researchers will be given one box of materials at a time from manuscript or archival collections. The box should remain on a cart beside the researcher table and only folders should be placed on the table.

When using archival materials, maintain the exact order of folders in a box and of items within a folder.

If items seem to be out of order, please notify the staff.

Exercise care to prevent damage to materials. Materials must not be written on, traced on, leaned on, altered, newly folded or handled in a way that may cause damage. Please use only paper slips for marking your place. Rubber bands, post-it notes, paper clips and other objects may cause damage to the material.

Please remove the paper slips prior to returning to material to the registration desk. If you need assistance with the handling of any material, please contact the staff. Please notify the staff when you are finished using materials.