The New York Academy of Medicine Library offers a wide variety of special services to Academy Fellows and Members.

Research Services

Fellows and Members are given, at no charge, up to two hours of in-depth reference assistance annually. A question is considered in-depth if it takes more than 15 minutes of staff time to be resolved. An in-depth request could include a complicated bibliographic verification or searching of detailed biographical and historical materials from the collection.

Fellows and Members requesting additional hours of in-depth assistance will be charged at the rate of $80 per hour (minimum $40 for 1/2 hour). Fees for staff time will only be charged if the Fellow or Member has gone beyond their two hours of free research time.

To request a search, please call (212) 822-7315 or e-mail

Document Delivery Services

Fellows and Members may order 25 articles a year at no charge, at a maximum length of 50 pages per article. Additional articles will cost $10.00 apiece, unless obtained onsite. Fellows and Members visiting the Library can take advantage of our photocopying services at the regular rate of $.25 per page.

Materials obtained from other institutions through interlibrary loan cost $35 per article for a rush delivery (1-3 days) and $25 per article for a 5-7 day delivery. There is an additional charge of $10 for mailing of a physical copy.

For Document Delivery or Interlibrary Loan services, please call (212) 822-7296 or e-mail

Borrowing Materials

Fellows and Members in good standing may borrow books from the Library collection for a period of four weeks, renewable for an additional four weeks, subject to items being in a suitable condition for loan.

Visiting the Library

Fellows and Members must make an appointment to use the Library. Please contact us before coming to use the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room during regular hours so we can be sure someone will be available for assistance. The rare book room may sometimes be unavailable because of other scheduled events in the space.

While visiting the Library, Fellows have access to electronic journals and databases.