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The Manhattan Research Library Initiative (MaRLI) is a borrowing program governed by the New York Public Library, New York University Libraries, and Columbia University Libraries.
As of October 2019, NYPL ended its online MaRLI application. An in-person consultation with an NYPL research librarian is required.
Image: A view of the temporary Lending Library Central Library New Bridge Street Newcastle upon Tyne taken in 1949. Public Domain.
Any New York Public Library cardholder in good standing at participating libraries may apply via MaRLI for access to NYU and Columbia University libraries. NYPL applicants must demonstrate that the materials they seek are not held by the New York Public Library, and they are held by Columbia or NYU libraries.
GC doctoral students at the prospectus/dissertation writing stage and CUNY teaching faculty are viable candidates for MaRLI membership. Master's students and early term doctoral students may apply for MaRLI privileges as independent scholars (instead of as GC affiliates).
Qualify for MaRLI Privileges