Research Fees

September 2020- At this time we are unable to provide service at the Express, Rush, or Weekly rates. 

If you are unable to visit the Library, NYPL staff can search for the information you need using the Library's print, microform and electronic resources. For information not available in the Library, we can attempt to locate additional resources.

Please review the fee schedule and enter your request using the form below. If you have identified items in the Library's collection and have exact citations for you need from these items, please submit your request using our Document Delivery order form.

For answers to any questions, please email

Research Services Fees

Effective September 1, 2013. All fees are subject to change.

Service Price Ready
Express $200.00 Per hour Within 3 hours
Rush $140.00 Per hour Same or next day
Weekly $100.00 Per hour 5 business days

$60.00 Per hour

(commercial organizations)

4 weeks

$40.00 Per hour

(non-profit organizations/individuals)

4 weeks
  • Time is billed in 15-minute increments.
  • Monetary or time restrictions may be placed on a project.
  • In addition to the time spent searching, you will be charged for time required for retrieving and returning items as well as preparing materials to be sent.
  • You will be billed for search time even if the information/image requested is not found

In the area below, please briefly describe your research topic. Include any limiting criteria, such as years to be covered.
If you have done any preliminary work, please describe it briefly so that time will not be spent on work already completed.
Describe other restrictions which might be pertinent to the researcher such as money to be spent on the project. Please note that certain time limits may not allow for comprehensive research.
When is the project needed? The turnaround time for Standard service ($60/Hr) is approximately two weeks. All projects due within five business days are billed at the Weekly rate ($100/Hr). Those due within two business days are billed at the Rush rate ($140/Hr).