The Institute of Jazz Studies offers research assistance in person, via email, online, and over the phone. The best starting place for research assistance is the IJS Research Guide. This guide provides helpful information about available jazz resources at the IJS and how to find them as well as resources at other libraries, archives, and museums, and on the web.
If you plan to visit the IJS for the first time or will need assistance during your visit, we require that you make an advance appointment. The IJS helps hundreds of researchers every year, and scheduling a research appointment helps us accommodate your needs and provide personal service. Please let IJS staff know what materials you would like to use and your research interest(s) when you make your appointment. To do so, please email us or call 973-353-5595 during business hours (M-F, 9 am to 5 pm).
Preparing for your visit by requesting in advance the materials you would like to use will help you make the most of your time at the IJS. We can have everything ready for when you arrive so that you can begin your research right away. We are always happy to discuss your research and help you identify the most useful materials, but “doing your homework” before you come to the IJS will definitely improve your experience and efficiency.