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Mid-Manhattan Circulating Art and Picture Collections

[Woman Looking In An Artist's Studio.], Digital ID 834230, New York Public Library[Woman Looking In An Artist's Studio.], Digital ID 834230, New York Public LibraryMid-Manhattan Library, 3rd floor
455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
212.340.0871(Art) | 212.340.0878 (Pictures) | |


Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Sunday

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, amateurs 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 Collections, and the number is growing fast.

Picture Collection Subject Headings

To find pictures online, visit