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City Hall Library 

Christine Bruzzese, Supervising Librarian
31 Chambers Street, Room 112 · New York, NY 10007
Open to the public Monday thru Thursday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM to 1 PM

Directions, visitor instructions, and holiday closings available here. 

City Hall Library: Open to the public with a collection of 400,000 unique reports, books, periodicals and documents. Learn more about the history of New York City. Whether it's for work, school or fun, come in and spend some time with us.

Internet Access: We have six computers available for public use with Internet access. Feel free to use them for your library research.

Reading Area: Settle back in a comfortable chair and read our selection of newspapers and magazines or bring your own.

Mandarin Catalog: Want to check out or resources before you visit? Search the library catalog here: City Hall Library Catalog
Please note that the City Hall Library Catalog is currently undergoing changes to improve its functionality. Patrons are advised to discontinue use of the "Bookbag" feature, in order to avoid confusion.

Reference Assistance:
Library staff can provide assistance via phone, fax or e-mail.

For more information, go to 311 Online.
You can also e-mail the City Hall Library via the Contact Us form.

Here are a few examples of paper and microform publication in the collection.

  • Annual Reports - published by city agencies, 19th century to now 
  • Biographical Files - a handy resource of information about local officials 
  • Executive Orders, Local Laws, City Charters - resources for legislative intent research 
  • And Many More 

Computer Access to Publications
Did you know?

Local Law 11 (in PDF) of 2003 requires City agencies to post publications on the Department of Records website. Learn more about our government publications.

Research Guides
Take a look at our short guides on various research topics.

For a listing of fees, please visit our fees page. 

City Hall Library Notes
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Previous City Hall Library Notes are available on our archive page.