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Picture Collection


Third Floor

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An unparalleled visual resource for creative people in any medium, the Picture Collection contains well over one million original prints, photographs, posters, postcards and illustrations from books, magazines and newspapers, classified into 12,000 subject headings.  Users may borrow up to 60 pictures at a time on any subject with a library card. Color and black & white copiers are available as well.

The Circulating Art Collection contains books, magazines, and online databases covering all aspects of the visual arts, including fine and decorative arts, crafts, design, architecture, photography, fashion, and biography. The Collection also hosts two exhibit series: Art Wall on Third and Art in the Windows.

The Picture Collection is also Digital. More than 38,000 images are now in the NYPL Digital Gallery.

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Picture Collection Subject Headings

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