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Municipal Library 

Christine Bruzzese, Supervising Librarian
31 Chambers Street, Room 112 · New York, NY 10007
Open to the public Monday thru Wednesday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM to 6:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Directions, visitor instructions, and holiday closings available here. 

Municipal Library: Open to the public with a collection of 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.

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

Mandarin Catalog: Check out our resources before you visit. Search the library catalog here: Municipal Library Catalog.
Please note that the Municipal 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 Municipal Library via the Contact Us form.

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

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

Computer Access to Publications
Did you know?

Section 1133 of the City Charter (in PDF) 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. 

Municipal Library Notes
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Previous Municipal Library Notes are available on our archive page.