The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division is one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, our holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 16th and 21st centuries. The collections range from the global to the local scale and support the learning and research needs of a wide variety of users.
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About the Division
Visiting the Collection
Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
We encourage you to book an appointment to access materials in the Map Division. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about materials in the collection. Same-day appointments can be made in person. However, most of the Library’s materials are stored under Bryant Park or in offsite storage and are not immediately available—booking in advance can help you make the most of your visit and reduce waiting times.
Can I book an appointment to speak with a librarian about my research or on the best ways to get started?
Consultations are available for patrons wanting to discuss their research projects and to prepare for a visit to the Library. We offer both virtual and in person consultations. You do not have to have a consultation prior to your visit to the Map Division.
Can I bring my class to view collections or meet with a librarian?
The Map Division hosts introductory sessions and subject-specific research classes. If your institution is interested in bringing a class to the Library, hosting a virtual visit, or incorporating collections into your curriculum, please use this form to provide us with details of your request.
What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Use the catalog to browse collections that may be useful to you in order to request them for your visit. Some collections are stored offsite and require 2–3 days for delivery.
Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at email@example.com with any additional queries.
Inside The New York Public Library
Step inside the Map Division with this video.
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From Our Blogs
Check out blogs from the expert librarians of the Map Division.
Researching a Historical Route with NYPL's CollectionsTuesday, April 18 | 5 PM
Navigating Research at the Map DivisionTuesday, May 9 | 3 PM
Discover New York City Property Map Collections at NYPLWednesday, May 31 | 1 PM