Please note: due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, these libraries are currently operating at limited capacities, some are closed, some are offering limited service. We will update this page as these libraries reopen.
Sotheby's Institute of Art students have access to some of the top art research centers in the country. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these world-class collections and resources. Among the many important research libraries in New York are the following:
New York Public Library (Open as of July 6, 2021)
Watson Library (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (Open by appointment)
Frick Art Reference Library (Open by appointment)
Museum of Modern Art Library (Closed with limited remote services)
Additionally, the SIA-NY Library is a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and can refer students to almost all of the area research libraries if material is not available elsewhere. You must consult one of the librarians obtain a Metro referral:
10 East 71st St. (map) - (212) 547-0641
Frick Library website
Frick Library online catalogue (FRESCO)
Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday and 9:30am – 1pm Saturday. Appointments are not necessary with a researcher card.
Access: Appointments are not necessary. Sotheby's Institute of Art students may apply for researcher cards for use of the library resources.
Advance requests: available for registered researcher card holders and placed through the online catalogue.
The Frick Art Reference Library's book and photograph research collections relate chiefly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists.
Services offered include reference, reprographic, and resource sharing. Please click a link or visit the library's website for more information on these services. You may also hold books you are using at the library for 7 days. The library also offers wireless access throughout the building and registered researchers may access the library's subscription databases while onsite. View the library's list of subscription databases here: subscription databases.
All visitors to the Frick Art Reference Library must check their personal belongings before entering the reading room. There is no food or drink permitted in the library.
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