Special Collections

Students looking at artist books in the archives office.

The New School’s Special Collections consist of rare and unique published materials, including books, magazines, journals, zines, recordings and scores. Researchers may consult Special Collections in library and archives spaces by appointment, only.

To schedule an appointment, use our Contact Us form.

Collecting Areas

  • New School Publications

  • Music

  • Art and Design

View a subset of special collections artists' books and zines: 



If you are a New School instructor and wish for your class to use Special Collections resources, please contact speccoll@newschool.edu with two weeks notice to discuss options, or complete this Instruction Request form. Class visits of 1-2 hours take place in the University Center Library and can be scheduled during the library’s hours of operation. Our guide on Instruction is another helpful resource with suggestions for class engagement with primary sources created by staff archivists.