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Frick Art Reference Library

The mission of the Frick Art Reference Library is to provide public access to materials and programs focused on the study of fine and decorative arts created in the Western tradition from the fourth to the mid-twentieth century. It serves an international research community and supports institutional initiatives.

For admission information, see Visit > Library

Search the Library Catalog or try NYARC Discovery, the Library's research tool that searches across multiple collections. 

Frick Art Reference Library 100th Anniversary Publication

In 2022, the Frick Art Reference Library will celebrate the one-hundredth anniversary of opening its doors to the public for the first time in its original location—the bowling alley of the Frick family mansion located at 1 East 70th Street in New York City.

To commemorate this milestone, the Library is publishing a book that highlights 100 objects from its collections. Through the lens of these objects, the publication will examine how the Library has evolved over the past century and explore how its collections help illustrate the history of art.

We are grateful to the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust for supporting this project and to the staff and interns who have contributed to it over the past few years.

See the intern projects below for a preview of some of the objects that will be included in the publication.

A Peek into the Past Podcast

Frick Art Reference Library Magazine 


Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Library of the Frick Art Reference Library 

The newsletter (May 2020) from the Library is now available. Learn about recent and future activities of the institution. To sign up to received e-news, see About > E-News. Photo: Stephen J. Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian.


All images for American artists in the Library's Photoarchive are now available through Frick Digital Collections.

Some of the photographs for European artists in the Library's Photoarchive are being digitized and are currently unavailable. Please contact us in advance of your visit to learn what materials are accessible. We apologize for the inconvenience.