The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) consists of the research libraries and archives of three leading art museums in New York City: The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art. With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYARC was formed in 2006 to facilitate collaboration that results in enhanced resources to research communities.

NYARC provides a framework to advance a series of programmatic services, with a potential for transforming the environments in which these activities take place and broadening the collective audience served by the three libraries. NYARC objectives include:

  • Coordination of cost-efficient and sustainable programs;
  • Improved access to vastly expanded and enriched resources through technology;
  • Expedited and enhanced resource sharing services;
  • Advancing the scholarly, educational and cultural enrichment missions of the three museums;
  • Developing cooperative relationships with leading research institutions to support information content and the needs of the broader cultural community; and
  • Providing leadership in the development of innovative and model information services programs.

NYARC seeks to collaborate with other libraries, archives and information service providers to engage in projects that benefit the research community.  The NYARC libraries have a long history of collaborating on projects, dating back to the 1980s and the establishment of the Art Museum Library Consortium. The collaborative efforts of the Art Museum Library Consortium resulted in the retrospective conversion of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston card catalogs into an online format.

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