Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who may use the NYARC libraries?

    The NYARC libraries are open to all adult researchers. Elementary and secondary students are advised to start their research at school and public libraries.  Researchers may visit the The Frick Art Reference Library without notification.  The MoMA and Brooklyn Museum libraries are open by appointment. Please visit each library's own FAQ to learn more about planning your research visit: 

  • Do you provide reference services via email?

    Yes. Questions are queued as we receive them, so please keep in mind that some replies may require more time than others, but turnaround time should not exceed fifteen business days. Please send inquiries to
  • Can I receive a digital copy of an item?

    Whether we can fulfill a request for a digital copy depends on a number of factors, including copyright limitations. If it's legal and feasible, we'll do our best. Please send inquiries to
  • Do you offer interlibrary loan services?

    Yes. The libraries can borrow books and other materials not held in their collections from other research institutions for use within our reading rooms.  In addition to borrowing materials from other libraries, the libraries may share their collections with other institutions for use by their researchers.  Please note that not all materials are available through interlibrary loan.  Check with public services staff at a NYARC library for more information on interlibrary lending policies and services or email us at
  • Do I need a login to access NYARC's resources?

    Arcade, our online catalog, provides free access to almost 1 million bibliographic records describing art research materials, inluding many freely available full-text digitized items and art-rich websites. However, subscription-based electronic resources, such as ARTstor and JSTOR, are only available to public researchers within the walls of our institution. The bibliographic record for each resource indicates if access is restricted in this way.
  • Where can I find details about NYARC's web archiving program?

    Please see Frequently Asked Questions: Web Archiving. Contact us at if you need more information.
  • Can my library become a member of NYARC?

    Beyond the full membership of the three NYARC partners sharing a library catalog, we are considering developing associate membership for privileged interlibrary loans and participation in a Shared Print Reserve.
  • Are internships offered?

    Through the generous support of the Mellon Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, NYARC has been able to offer paid internships to graduate students for specific initiatives (see Web Archiving and M-LEAD). The libraries and museums have additional internship opportunities on a regular basis.