The Frick Collection is closed and will soon embark on its first major renovation in eighty-five years. It will reopen to the public in early 2021 at Frick Madison. »


The Frick Art Reference Library provides 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. Helen Clay Frick founded the Library in 1920 as a memorial to her father. It serves an international research community and supports institutional initiatives. It holds books, periodicals, auction catalogs, and images as well as other materials. Today the collections of the Library continue to grow, and it continues to make an expanding number of items in its collections and born-digital content available online.

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Building Project

The Frick Collection, including the Library, will reopen to the public in early 2021 in the former home of the Whitney Museum of American Art at 945 Madison Avenue. The temporary location, called Frick Madison, will house the Frick’s collections, programs, and staff during the renovation and expansion of its historic buildings at 1 East 70th Street and 10 East 71st Street. Following a rigorous public review of the design by Selldorf Architects, the Frick is planning to break ground in early 2021, with pre-construction preparations beginning in fall 2020.

We will continue to post updates to this page and to share news about museum and library activities by email and through our social media channels. We invite you to subscribe to our e-news list to enjoy our “Frick at Your Fingertips” email, which provides news and information about our expanding online programs, all offered free to the public.

Online Programs

The Frick Art Reference Library has created several online programs, including free webinars to help researchers learn innovative ways to remotely access books and images not only from the Frick but from other library collections around the world.

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