Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
First Floor
Room 117
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Closed today
Division is by appointment only.
Regular Hours
Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division
Day Hours
Monday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Archival map featuring two views of the Earth.

The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division is one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope, unique holdings, diversity and intensity of use. Established in 1898, our holdings include more than 433,000 sheet maps and 20,000 books and atlases published between the 16th and 21st centuries. The collections range from the global to the local scale and support the learning and research needs of a wide variety of users.

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Visiting the Collection

Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
We encourage you to book an appointment to access materials in the Map Division. You can also contact to inquire about materials in the collection. Same-day appointments can be made in person. However, most of the Library’s materials are stored under Bryant Park or in offsite storage and are not immediately available—booking in advance can help you make the most of your visit and reduce waiting times. 

Can I book an appointment to speak with a librarian about my research or on the best ways to get started?
Consultations are available for patrons wanting to discuss their research projects and to prepare for a visit to the Library. We offer both virtual and in person consultations. You do not have to have a consultation prior to your visit to the Map Division. 

What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Use the catalog to browse collections that may be useful to you in order to request them for your visit. Some collections are stored offsite and require 2–3 days for delivery.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.

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Request a Class Visit

Three researchers sit at a table filled with books in the Rose Main Reading Room.

Our staff welcomes students and instructors to explore the collections and resources at our landmark 42nd Street building. We work with educators to design class visits that use the Library's remarkable collections to foster creative inquiry, build critical thinking and information literacy skills, and inspire wonder and excitement around the process of research. Learn more.