Q. How do I use the collections at Fales?
Because the Fales Library is a closed-stack library, you will not be able to browse for materials, and you will need to use library catalogues to figure out what you want to see before you arrive.
For archival collections, there are several ways to find what you are looking for. You can search in BobCat, the NYU Libraries' catalog, and narrow down the results to “Archival Materials” using the “Resource Type” option on the left sidebar. A list of archival collections in which your search term appears should be listed.
You can also search our holdings with our archival collections search tool. Enter search keywords in the search box, or browse a limited list of People, Subjects, and Places on the left. These searches will ultimately bring you to a finding aid for a particular collection.
If you are interested in a particular person or institution, and Fales has a collection related to that person or institution, you can browse the collection finding aid by clicking on the title in the search tool.
Once you have figured out which boxes you would like to look at, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view them. Staff are also available to help you find what you are looking for or lead you to other helpful resources.