Frequently Asked Questions
Who can use the Frick Art Reference Library?
The Library is open to adults (18 or older).
Do I need an appointment to use the Library?
No appointment is necessary to use the Library.
Do I need to be a member of The Frick Collection to use the Library?
How do I use the Library?
First-time visitors are asked to arrive before 3:00 p.m. on weekdays or before 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and to bring a photo ID. For more information about admission and use of the Library, see Visit > Library > Admission.
What are the hours of the Library?
The Library is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Library is closed major holidays, holiday weekends, weekends in June and July, and Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays in August. For information about upcoming holiday closures, see Visit > Libary > Hours.
Can I bring my child or infant to the Library?
The Library is open only to adults. Therefore, children and infants are not permitted.
Can I bring my purse or bag with me when visiting the Library?
Purses or bags that exceed the dimensions of 9” x 12” x 3” must be checked. All laptop and camera cases must be checked. Luggage is not permitted and will not be checked.
Can I wear my coat or other outerwear while conducting research at the Library?
All coats and other outerwear must be checked.
Can I have lunch at the Library?
All food, drinks (including water), candy, and gum are not permitted in the Reading Room and other public areas. A drinking fountain is available.
Can I use a camera or digital camera at the Library?
The Library allows the use of digital cameras in the Reading Room by appointment. For more information, see Research > Frick Art Reference Library > Copies.
Can I use highlighters, sticky notes, or other office supplies at the Library?
The use of highlighters, sticky notes, or other office supplies is not permitted in the Reading Room. Any needed supplies in the general course of research are provided by the Library.
Are laptop computers allowed at the Library?
Is wireless Internet access available at the Library?
Wireless Internet access is available in the Reading Room for researchers who have computers with wireless capabilities. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance with logging in to the Library's network. Please note that some Internet content is blocked in order to reduce network traffic.
Can I request items in advance of visiting the Library?
Yes, registered researchers can request up to three items per day in advance of visiting the Library. Advance requests are held for three business days. Note that rare books cannot be requested in advance.
How many items can I request when working in the Reading Room?
While onsite, researchers can request up to twenty items per day. Up to five requests can be placed every fifteen minutes until 4:00 p.m. on weekdays or 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
How do I determine if the Library has a book I am looking for?
The collections of the Library can be searched using the catalog. It contains records for the book, photoarchive, auction catalog, and microform collections, and electronic resources. The catalog is available onsite at the Library or offsite using a computer with an Internet connection and a Web browser.
The Library has access to thousands of e-books through the EBL service. To read these titles, researchers must be registered. To learn about registration, see Visit > Library > Admission. A researcher has to visit the Library in New York City to complete the registration process.
A researcher can access EBL e-books onsite and remotely by creating and/or signing in to his or her EBL account when viewing the log in webpage. A researcher can only create an EBL account while onsite at the Library.
Please note that there are many e-books, in addition to those offered through EBL, in the Libary's catalog that are freely available both onsite and remotely, and do not require a researcher to register with the Library.
Are electronic resources available from home or office?
Can I check out materials from the Library?
The Library is a noncirculating art research library. Materials must be consulted in the Library's Reading Room.
What materials are offsite?
Periodicals published between 1931 and 2008 and auction catalogs published between 1996 and 2009, as well as other materials, are stored at an off-site facility. To determine if a needed item is offsite, search the catalog.
How do I request off-site materials?
The Photoarchive is a collection of photographs and clippings that reproduce works of art for study purposes. It does not contain stock photography or fine art photography.
How do I cite the Photoarchive?
Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive files, [Artist], "[Title]," [catalog number] or supply files, accessed [date].
Example, classified mounts:
Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive files, S.F.B. Morse, "Moss Kent," 121-15 k2, accessed April 7, 2010.
Example, supply mounts:
Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive files, S.F.B. Morse, "Portrait of an Unknown Man," supply files, accessed April 7, 2010.
Can you identify the artworks displayed in the Reading Room?
Sculpture in the vestibule on the third floor:
- Madonna of the Impruneta, after Andrea (di Marco) della Robbia, n.d.
The Main Reading Room is decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. Paintings, clockwise, beginning with west wall:
- Portrait of Henry Clay Frick, by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1924
- Regatta in Venice, by Francesco Guardi, c. 1775–1780
- View of Venice, by Francesco Guardi, c. 1765–1775
- Madonna between Saints Francis and John, copy by Nicolas Lochoff, 1930, after Pietro Lorenzetti's fresco in the Lower Church of San Francesco, Assisi, c. 1320–1329
- Portrait of Andrew W. Mellon, by Sir William Orpen, 1924
The Small Reading Room is paneled in the Jacobean oak that was formerly in the bowling alley of the Frick residence.
The Library does not authenticate or valuate works of art. The staff is happy to provide researchers with information and/or materials to allow them to draw their own conclusions. The Library usually refers researchers to the professional appraiser and dealer associations listed below. Proceed at your own discretion.
Art Dealers Association of America
575 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America
12 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
Appraisers Association of America Inc.
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
Private Art Dealers Association of America
Daisy Walker and Juliet O'Brien Administrator
P.O. Box 872, Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021
IFAR Authentication Research Service
500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935
New York, NY 10110
How do I ask a research-related question?
Can I make photocopies or scans from Library materials?
The Library offers a non-self-serve, photocopying and services. For more information, see Research > Frick Art Reference Library > Copies.
Can I place a request for materials held at another library?