The following study centers offer access to specialized research material and to the Museum’s collections. Each study center has its own focus and policies. For general queries about works in the Museum collection, or if you do not know where to begin your research, please contact the Library.
Architecture and Design Study Center
The Lily Auchincloss Study Center for Architecture and Design allows researchers access to reference materials related to the Museum’s collection of architectural drawings, models, and photographs, as well as design objects, graphics, and the Mies van der Rohe Archive. The Study Center is open by appointment only. For more information, email [email protected].
Drawings and Prints Study Center
At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Drawings and Prints Study Center, researchers can access the Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper, including drawings, prints, illustrated books, artists’ books, and multiples. Curatorial files on works may also be available for consultation. Open to individuals by appointment only, Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00–3:30 p.m. (Please review visit guidelines). To request an appointment please fill out the online form. All course visit requests for the fall 2022 academic semester are due by August 1, 2022, and requests for the spring 2023 semester are due by January 6, 2023. (Please review course visit guidelines). For more information, please email: [email protected].
All course visit requests for the fall 2022 academic semester are due by August 1, 2022, and requests for the spring 2023 semester are due by January 6, 2023.
Painting and Sculpture Study Center
The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center maintains files on more than 3,600 paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s collection. Material on individual works may include archival photographs, label and catalog texts, press clippings, press releases, and correspondence. By appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Call (212) 708-9653 or email: [email protected].
Photography Study Center
Researchers can use the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Photography Study Center to consult photographs from the Museum’s collection. The Study Center is available by appointment only, on Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm, October through May. Individual appointments should be made at least 4 weeks in advance, classes have to be approved at least 3 months in advance. To request an appointment please fill out the online form and review the Study Center guidelines. For more information, please email: [email protected].
Media and Performance Study Center
The Media and Performance Study Center facilitates viewings of collection works and provides access to selected related documentation. The Study Center is open by appointment only, Wednesday–Thursday, 1:00–4:00 p.m., with a minimum of four weeks advance notice. Contact the Study Center using the online form.
Film Study Center
The Film Study Center is currently closed. During this time, we will be unable to accept new appointments or provide remote reference via our online form, telephone, or email. The FSC email and telephone accounts will not be monitored and your messages will be returned when the FSC reopens. Please check this page in spring of 2023 for updates on reopening.
If you are attempting to request a loan from the archive (i.e., borrowing a film print or DCP, or seeking footage for use in a documentary), please review the Loans and Access section of our website and then contact the Film Loans team at [email protected]. For 16mm print rentals, review the procedures on the Circulating Film and Video Library page.
The Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center offers screening facilities for viewing films from the Museum’s collection; a large selection of screenplays and dialogue continuities; extensive files of reviews, articles, and program notes; reference books; special collections; film indexes; and current periodicals. Films and documentation are made available only to scholars, researchers, and students. The catalog of film collection holdings is not available online. A partial list of Special Collections holdings is available. For more about the Film Study Center, see the FAQ.
Film Stills Archive
The Film Stills Archive is located at The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pennsylvania. The collection is available to researchers and scholars by appointment with the Film Study Center only. To access stills, please provide the title (plus foreign titles, if applicable), director, year, and country for all films; and first and last name for all personalities.
You may also contact the following organizations:
32 East 31 Street, fifth floor
New York, NY 10016
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498