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SPARC welcomes all researchers, class visits, and group tours to our reading room. We are committed to providing access to our collections, and we are here to assist you. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. 

Please see our Research section for assistance with a line of inquiry and for questions about your visit.

If you've visited us before, we'd love to hear about your experience.  SPARC Assessment Form

Research Appointments

In order to be as accessible as possible we are open seven days a week for research during the academic year. To schedule an appointment contact us at [email protected] or call (212) 217-4385. Please contact us at least 24 hours before you would like to conduct your research, letting us know which items in our holdings you would like to view (see our Research section for assistance on how to search our catalog). Also note that we can only accommodate four researchers per time slot, so please make your appointment as soon as you can. In the event you need to cancel or delay your appointment we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. 

Research Hours - 2019-2020 Academic Year

Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wednesday 5pm-8pm
Thursday 5pm-8pm
Friday 10am-1pm
Saturday 1pm-4pm
Sunday 1pm-4pm

Please consult the Exceptions & Changes in Hours section of the library's hours or FIT’s Academic Calendar for information about special closures and holidays.


Address: FIT Goodman Resource Center
Gladys Marcus Library, Room E435
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

Information: (212) 217-4385


SPARC is located on the 4th floor of the Goodman Resource Center on the South-West corner of 27th Street and 7th Avenue. We are reached via the library stairs from the 5th floor.

Visitors who are not FIT students, faculty, or staff will not be granted entry to the library without an appointment.

By Subway

The FIT  Library can be reached by subway: 1, A, C, E, F, N, or R, and the M on weekdays only. Take the 1, N, or R to the 28th Street Station. Take the A, C, E, F, or M to the 23rd Street Station.

By Bike

Bike racks are located on the northwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street.

By Bus

The FIT Library can be reached by bus: M20, M23, or M34. The M20 runs south on Seventh Avenue and North on 8th Avenue. The M23 and M34 are cross-town buses. The Port Authority Bus Terminal is at 40th Street and 8th Avenue. New Jersey buses go to the George Washington Bridge Terminal, and then take the subway or metropolitan bus line.

By Rail

Penn Station is close by at 31st Street and 7th Avenue for the Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak. If arriving to Grand Central Station at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, take the S shuttle subway to Times Square, then the 1 train downtown. Take PATH trains to the 23rd Street or 34th Street stations.

By Car

The FIT Library is located on the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 27th Street. Metered street parking is available and public parking lots are located on West 26th between 7th and 8th Avenues, West 28th between 7th and 8th Avenues, and West 28th between 6th Avenue and Broadway.