31 Chambers Street - originally built to house the Hall of Records.

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    The Municipal Library and Archives’ public reading rooms will re-open to the public (by appointment only) on July 12, 2021, with appropriate health and safety protocols in place. Also, we will continue to provide online research assistance whenever possible.   
Neighborhood Stories logo and a collage of historic photos

    The Neighborhood Stories project now in a virtual format! Neighborhood Stories is a storytelling initiative which aims to gather and permanently preserve the stories of New York City community members by connecting local history with the records of City government maintained in the collections of the Municipal Archives and Library.

1940s image of New York City


    More than 720,000 newly digitized historical photographs of every house and building in the 5 boroughs can be searched and viewed in the gallery.

Preserve Historial Treasures photo

    Help preserve New York City’s historical treasures by adopting an item for conservation treatment.

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