The Library is currently physically closed; all electronic services are available, as is virtual reference. Any overdue loans will be extended until the library reopens. Please contact the librarian with any questions.
Official updates from Sotheby's Institute regarding COVID-19 and our response can be found here: https://www.sothebysinstitute.com/news-and-events/news/covid19-updates
New Quick Guide to Online Research
We are pleased to present a new concise Quick Guide to Online Research to help introduce the most powerful resources we offer to help you find a place to begin your research. This is just a place to start. The librarians are happy to guide you through this and beyond it, to all of our tools to help you succeed in your studies.
Reopening of New York Public Library
As of July 6, 2021 the New York Public Library has reopened all available locations and is currently offering near full-service. This includes access to general library use and seating, unlimited browsing and collection access, computer and laptop use, and more. A complete list of services, along with updated policies and procedures can be found at https://www.nypl.org/locations/directory .
During this time NYPL will continue providing remote access to collections and services. More information regarding remote access can be found at https://www.nypl.org/about/remote-research-resources .
As we have reopened, you may schedule an in-person reference session with our librarians. Our librarians will still be available for reference interviews online if that is more convenient for you. Please contact them by email to set up an in-person, online, or telephone appointment.
Standard loan periods for items from the New York Library circulating collection are:
In order to provide access to library materials for as many patrons as possible, the Library reserves the right to recall an item from any patron after the minimum loan, or immediately if the item is needed for Course Reserve.
Special Loan Periods
Videos (DVDs): 3 days
Standard checkout limits for items from the New York Library circulating collection are:
Patrons may renew items 3 times. Books requested by other patrons will not be renewed. Books past due or due may not be renewed. Ways to Renew:
Materials borrowed may be returned in the book drop slot at the library's circulation desk or handed to library staff at the circulation desk.
The library does not have any drop boxes where materials may be returned when the library is not open. View hours for the library.
Reserved Items and Recalls
Sotheby's students, faculty, and staff may recall an item that is checked out to another patron by placing a reservation on it. Items may be reserved by going to the online catalog, searching for the item that is needed, and clicking the Reserve button on the record page. The patron who has the recalled item will be notified to return it after they have had it in their possession for a minimum of two weeks or the remainder of their loan period (whichever is shorter), regardless of the patron's standard loan period. Reserved titles will be held for students for up to one week and then returned to the stacks.
Recalled items cannot be renewed by the person from whom they are recalled. Patrons who receive a recall notice must return the item to the library's circulation desk by the adjusted due date to maintain borrowing privileges. Items needed for course reserve will be recalled by library staff.
Consequences for Lost and Overdue Items
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