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Collection Development Statement

The Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York Library collects materials in all formats to support its mission.  For print books, print periodicals, and physical video and sound recordings, the first priority for new acquisitions is the needs of faculty to support current curricula.  Most electronic resources are shared with our London campus and licenses and subscriptions are determined through consultation between the London and New York Head Librarians with input from faculty.

Remaining acquisitions budget is used to purchase research material supporting the study of art, art history, the art market, art law, and other relevant disciplines through subscriptions to the major periodicals of record, sales catalogues from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips, important museum exhibition catalogues (with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary, and other areas when of international importance) from leading institutions, monographs and anthologies by leading scholars in the areas covered by SIA.  Faculty are encouraged to submit requests at least one month before the material will be needed to ensure that it can be acquired, processed, and catalogued in time for it to be available to students. 

Faculty and Student Acquisitions Requests

Following the Collection Development Statement above, the Library solicits recommendations for acquisitions from faculty and students.


Faculty are encouraged to submit requests for acquisitions in support of their courses one month before classes begin to ensure that they are available for students in time for the semester.  Please submit requests to the Head Librarian at  Faculty are also encouraged to request titles that are relevant to their areas of expertise and that form the core literature of their respective disciplines.


Students researching their masters theses and projects are also encouraged to suggest key titles in support their research when they are in the general scope of the library.  Please submit requests to the Head Librarian at

Replacement Policy

Replacement Policy for the SIA-NY Library

If library materials are damaged or lost, it is the policy of the SIA-NY Library to replace them as long as they are still in the scope of library, have not been superseded, and are not already available in a different format.

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