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 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 an introduction to the NYPL's research resources for family history . Staff members at the Milstein Division have authored several helpful guides  to using the Library’s genealogical resources, which also provide many useful research tips for anyone exploring their family history. For assistance to find items from the NYG&B collection 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.
Jointly Sponsored Programs
Throughout the year, the NYG&B jointly sponsor programs which take place in the facilities of the Schwarzman Building. View a list of NYG&B programs , which include the jointly sponsored offerings. These programs are free.
Reaching Special Audiences
The NYPL and the NYG&B have teamed up to produce programs which teach teachers how to use genealogy in the classroom. The idea is to teach dozens of teachers who can reach hundreds, possibly thousands, of students, some of whom will become the genealogists and family historians of the future. We have also collaborated on a project involving The Tenement Museum.