NYG&B and NYPL Partnership

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Family history has been and remains one of the most important research pursuits at the New York Public Library. The NYG&B's gift of its research collections to the NYPL in 2008 enriched that extraordinary resource and began a new cooperative relationship between the two institutions. 

Benefits for Genealogical Researchers

Giving the NYG&B's research collection to the NYPL benefited the genealogical community because the collection is now more easily and widely available to the public, both at the NYPL's  Research Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) and through the online catalog. An additional synergistic benefit is that the new home of the NYG&B’s collection is one of the great genealogical libraries in the United States. The library is professionally staffed, has expansive hours of operation, and includes access to genealogical databases that are otherwise available only by subscription (e.g. Ancestry.com) or in libraries (e.g. ProQuest.) View the NYPL guide to Genealogical Research at The New York Public Library.  Staff members at the Milstein Division have authored several helpful research guides on various topics in genealogy that provide many useful tips for anyone exploring their family history. For assistance to find items from the NYG&B's former collections at the NYPL and for Catalog search tips, read our guide.

A Shared Commitment to Education

The gift of the  NYG&B's research collections to the NYPL was the beginning of a symbiotic relationship. Both the the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the New York Public Library share fundamental values of advancing knowledge, reaching people of all backgrounds and ages, and building community through discovering and sharing knowledge.

The NYPL presents a variety of instructional programs on genealogy research throughout the year, which are described on the Milstein Division homepage

Together, the NYG&B and the NYPL also jointly sponsor free programs which take place in the facilities of the Schwarzman Building. View  the NYG&B program calendar.