For Members

Guide to the Building

The Library building has five main floors with reading and study rooms at the front and twelve levels of book stacks at the back.

Access between floors and stacks is available on each floor and even stack numbers starting at Stack 4. That is, the First Floor and Stack 4 are on the same level, so are the Second Floor and Stack 6; the Third Floor and Stack 8; and the Fifth Floor and Stack 12. Please note Stacks 4, 8, and 10, along with the Fourth Floor, are staff-only spaces.

A main elevator provides access to the main floors and a stacks elevator provides access to each stack level. Stacks 1, 2, and 3 are below ground.

The New York Society Library Building Map

Guide to the Stacks

Call No.DescriptionLevel
FFiction A-JStack 5
FFiction K-ZStack 6
92BiographyStack 7
000General Works - BibliographyStack 11
100Philosophy - PsychologyStack 11
200ReligionStack 2
300Social SciencesStack 3
400PhilologyStack 9
500Pure SciencesStack 3
600Applied SciencesStack 11
700Arts - RecreationStack 12
800Literature & CriticismStack 9
900-940.4History, Travel, Collective BiographyStack 1
940.5-999HistoryStack 2
R & RefReferenceFirst Floor
AC & Audio-CDAudio MaterialStack 9
PeriodicalsPeriodicalsStack 11
HBRHornblower RoomFifth Floor
SRHStudy Room HallwayFifth Floor
ZSpecial Collections Ask at Circulation Desk
CSClosed Stack, Foreign Language Ask at Circulation Desk


Guide to the Floors

First FloorCirculation & Reference Desks
Reference Room
Second FloorMembers' Room
Peluso Family Gallery
Third FloorChildren's Library
Whitridge Room
Fourth Floor
(staff only)
Marshall Room
Fifth FloorHornblower Room
Individual Study Rooms