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Research Library Appointments

Use of the Research Library is by appointment Monday through Friday during our regular business hours, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM.  To inquire or set up an appointment, please email the Research Library staff librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org or call 718-881-8900 x105. Research materials cannot leave the Research Library, nor is open browsing allowed. Further information about the policies and procedures of use of the Research Library is provided below.

Accessibility

This main reading room of the Research Library is currently not accessible by wheelchair. Upon request, however, research materials from the library can be consulted at the nearby Bronx County Archives, which is accessible. Please contact the Research Library's staff at the email or phone number listed above for more information.

Appointment Time

Patrons are asked to show up no more than 5 minutes before their appointment time. If patrons anticipate that they may be late to their appointment, they are asked to let the Research Library staff know at librarian@bronxhistoricalsociety.org or 718-881-8900 x105. The Bronx County Historical Society Research Library opens at 9am and closes promptly at 5pm, Monday–Friday.

COVID-19 Procedures

Patrons who have contracted covid-19 or have been in contact with others who have contracted the virus within the past month will be asked to delay their visit until they can provide negative covid-19 test results or proof of full vaccination. For those who have not yet been vaccinated, masks are required at all times when inside any buildings of The Bronx County Historical Society. No restrictions apply to those who have been fully vaccinated.

Fees

The Bronx County Historical Society Research Library charges a usage fee of $10 per day per patron. The fee is waived for students, educators, members of the Society, and those with financial hardship.

Food and Drink

No food and drink is permitted in the library's reading, vertical files, or media rooms, though the Society permits patrons to use its kitchen area for cold storage, eating, and drinking purposes.

Location

The Bronx County Historical Society Research Library is located at 3309 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, NY 10467. Street parking is limited, though we do have one reserved parking spot for researchers at our address that is available first come, first served. There are parking garages located nearby at Montefiore Medical Center. We are also accessible by bus or subway.

Photography, Duplication, and Usage Rights

Patron photography of documents and books with phones or other handheld devices is permitted. Patron photography of photographs with phones or other handheld devices is permitted provided that flash is turned off. Photocopying or digitization services for books, documents, or other print material can be provided by the Society at a rate of $0.10 per page. High-resolution digital copies of images for personal use and research can be provided at a rate of $10 per image. Digital copies of audio-visual material can be provided at a rate of $30/item, provided the Society has the needed equipment. Consult the librarian for a list of fees for using the Society's material in publications and other media.

Procedures for Material

Upon arrival, in consultation with the patron, the librarian will pull relevant material from the Society's collections. If you believe that you will also need access to archival collections stored in The Bronx County Archives, kindly let the librarian know as soon as possible. Patrons may use their own laptops while in the reading room, and WiFi information will be provided upon request. Patrons may also use a notebook or other paper for taking notes, provided only pencil is used. Patrons are asked to exercise the utmost care while handling the Society's material, as most of it is now irreplaceable. For patrons consulting the Vertical Files collection, the Society kindly asks that documents within folders are kept in the order in which they are received. Gloves will be provided to patrons consulting the Photograph collection. Patrons who anticipate that they will need access to the Media collection are asked to bring their own headphones.