Reference Services

How can I get reference assistance?

Reference assistance is available in person, via email, or via phone at (212) 678-8081. Research guides are available in print or electronically.

When is reference assistance in person available?

Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (or JTS closing time)

For reference assistance with our Music Library, audiovisual materials, or microform materials, it is recommended that you make an appointment in advance by calling (212) 678-8836.

Email reference

General Collections: Reference, circulating, restricted, and reserve items; microform; audiovisual materials; music materials; periodicals

Special Collections: Manuscripts, books published before 1801, and rare books and original works of art

Archives: Documents (such as correspondence or minutes of meetings)

IM a Librarian

IM (instant messaging) a Librarian: Add "imjtsa" to your Gmail contact list. Click on the contact to chat. You will get a response Mondays through Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Phone reference

General Collections: Reference, circulating, restricted, and reserve items; microform; audiovisual materials; music materials; periodicals

(212) 678-8081

Rare Book Room: Manuscripts, books published before 1801, and rare books

(212) 678-8077

Art Collection: Original works of art

(212) 678-8975

Archives: Documents (such as correspondence or minutes of meetings)

(212) 280-6011