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
Picture Collection
Day Date Hours
Monday 10/10 CLOSED
Tuesday 10/11 10 AM–7:45 PM
Wednesday 10/12 10 AM–7:45 PM
Thursday 10/6 10 AM–5:45 PM
Friday 10/7 10 AM–5:45 PM
Saturday 10/8 10 AM–5:45 PM
Sunday 10/9 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:

New Exhibition! Fortune and Folly in 1720

Fortune and Folly in 1720 title treatment and Fortuna scattering paper

September 23, 2022–February 19, 2023 

Fortune and Folly in 1720 chronicles the spectacular rise and fall of the first international bubble economy. The Mississippi and South Sea Bubbles, which spawned the invention of French banknotes as well as joint-stock companies built on fantasies of New World trade, imposed on everyday Europeans a crash course in new financial products. In turn, a bubbling print market relentlessly caricatured the meltdown, offering viewers an entertaining primer on the otherwise bewildering realities of modern economic life. Learn more.

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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