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.
Print Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 5/30 CLOSED
Tuesday 5/31 1 PM–5:45 PM
Wednesday 5/25 1 PM–5:45 PM
Thursday 5/26 1 PM–5 PM
Friday 5/27 1 PM–5:45 PM
Saturday 5/28 CLOSED
Sunday 5/29 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. You can access the collection remotely using the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

"What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women" Reading Rooms

Photo collage of photobook covers with text at the top of the graphic that reads: 1843–1999, What They Saw, Historical Photobooks by Women.

In collaboration with 10x10 Photobooks, the Library's Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs is pleased to host the "What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women" Reading Rooms, two spaces to browse and view 200 photobooks from the period 1843–1999.

Explore the events in this series. 

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers walk in to access the collection?
Yes, we welcome researchers to the Print Collection in Room 308 and will accommodate requests on a walk-in basis where possible. However, we strongly encourage patrons to make an appointment in advance to guarantee access to the desired materials. Email us at to book an appointment to visit the Print Collection.

Are research appointments required to access the collection onsite?
Yes. While an appointment is required to access the Print Collection, patrons are welcome to walk in 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.