Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
First Floor
Room 119
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
10 AM–5:45 PM
Regular Hours
Picture Collection
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM–7:45 PM
Thursday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Whimsical drawing of figures who look human but are outfitted with insect wings.

Since its creation in 1915, the Picture Collection has met the needs of New York's large community of artists, illustrators, designers, teachers, students, and general researchers. Covering over 12,000 subjects, the Picture Collection is an extensive circulating collection and reference archive, the largest of its kind in any public library system.

NYPL’s Picture Collection Has Moved!

If you are looking to use the Picture Collection, please visit us in Room 119 or email us:

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
Patrons are welcome to walk in without an appointment to use our public reading rooms, including the Picture Collection in Room 119. As seating is limited, Room 119 is reserved for the use of Picture Collection materials only.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
General collections are available to view without an appointment. However, please note that seats in this division are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Virtual consultations are available for researchers who wish to discuss their research plans. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians. You do not have to have a virtual consultation prior to your visit to the Picture Collection.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.

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