Accessing the Photographs and Prints Division

Collections in the Photographs and Prints Division are accessible through The New York Public Library's online catalog, in the VIM file of the Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) via the Internet, and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Additionally, an extensive manual card file and finding aids are maintained.

Rules for Use of the Collection

Registration is required for consultation of materials in the Photographs and Prints Division, which will take place at the time of the first visit:

  • Applicant shall be required to show valid identification (e.g., driver's license, student or employee identification, passport).
  • Applicant must fill out a written registration form and provide name and address, institutional affiliation, and nature of project.

Final determination regarding access to materials is the responsibility of the staff of the individual special collection, in consultation with the researcher, and the rules of the division.

Reading Room requires that coats, briefcases, parcels, packages, bags, and umbrellas be checked in the first-floor Check Room. Materials needed to conduct research may be brought to the division. Lockers are provided to secure personal materials once collection materials are requested.

Consult schedule for reading room hours.