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Institute of Fine Arts Library: Visit Us


Architectural Record Images of IFA Library 1978.  Four black and white photos side by side of the IFA: 1) outside of building perspective, 2) library book stacks, 3) view from upper floor of library with rotunda to lower floor visible, and 4) hallway near a reading room.

Welcome to the Institute of Fine Arts Library!

The library consists of two research collections:

  • The Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts
  • The Conservation Center Library

Its holdings reflect the research and curricular needs of the Institute of Fine Arts, with books focusing on subjects in art history, archaeology, and conservation.

Both libraries maintain a rare book collection, and the Conservation Center Library maintains a video collection containing a variety of films on treatment, preventive care, and research directed toward the long-term safekeeping of materials.

Banner images from "The New York University Institute of Fine Arts: How do You Re-use a Jewel Box?" 1978. Architectural Record 164 (2) (08): 107-112.

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Contact Us

The library staff is here to help.

For general inquiries, please email

To speak with an Institute of Fine Arts Library subject specialist you may schedule a one-on-one research consultation.

NYU Libraries, Consortium, & Affiliate Locations

NYU students and faculty have access to several different art library locations in New York City. Use the links below to access information on each library's hours and services. 

Head, Institute of Fine Arts Library

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Lori Salmon
Institute of Fine Arts Library
1 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10075
(212) 992-5908