Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 308
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
1 PM–5:45 PM
Division is by appointment only.
Regular Hours
Print Collection
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Thursday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Friday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Saturday: 1 PM–5:45 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

Black and white print of a rhinocerus.

The most accessible print room in New York City, the Print Collection of The New York Public Library encompasses a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers; artist clipping files; and a collection of close to 200,000 original prints, ranging from woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints to digital prints, covering the history of the art in the West from the 15th century to the present, and Japanese prints from the 10th century to the present. The collection also includes illustrated books, artists’ books, and a small collection of drawings. 


Please note: We are working to integrate the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog into the Library's main Research Catalog. Contact us directly with questions about the Print Collection.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?

Yes, we welcome researchers to the Print Collection in Room 308 and will accommodate requests on an ad-hoc basis where possible. However, we strongly encourage patrons to make an appointment in advance to guarantee access to the desired materials. Please request an appointment through your Special Collections Account or contact us by email at Patrons are also welcome to enter without an appointment to consult a Specialist during reading room hours.

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. Email us at to arrange a time to speak.

Who can researchers contact with further questions?

Please email us at with any additional queries.


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Request a Class Visit

Bird's eye view of a class attending a lecture around a table filled with historic books.

We work with educators to design class visits that use the Library's remarkable collections to foster creative inquiry, build critical thinking and visual literacy skills, and inspire wonder and excitement around the process of primary source analysis and research. Learn more.