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The Picture Collection is available for circulation and reference and contains well over one million original prints, photographs, posters, postcards, and illustrations from books, magazines, and newspapers.

[Woman Looking In An Artist's Studio.], Digital ID 834230, New York Public LibraryWoman looking in an artist's studio.212-340-0871 (Art Information Desk) | 212-340-0878 (Picture Collection)
mmart@nypl.org | mmpic@nypl.org

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 Picture Collection contains over one million pictures, arranged by subject, available for circulation and reference.

The Art Collection: Serving students, professionals, and anyone engaged in artistic pursuits, the Collection also hosts two exhibit series, Art Wall on Third and Art in the Windows.

The Picture Collection: An unparalleled visual resource for creative people in any medium, the Picture Collection contains 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 Picture Collection is also Digital. More than 38,000 images are now in the NYPL Digital Gallery, and the number is growing fast.

Picture Collection Subject Headings

To find pictures online, visit: