Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB)
ALB Participating Libraries
New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO)
Art & Architecture Libraries
New York Public Library (NYPL)
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)
Queens Borough Public Library (QBPL)
Open Access. The Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB) is a consortium of eight academic libraries in Brooklyn. ALB initiated a unique "Open Access" policy in 1975. This cooperative program allows students, faculty and staff of any ALB member library to use the resources of the other member libraries.
Privileges. Pratt students have reading and borrowing privileges at each of the other seven member libraries. Pratt students may only borrow up to 2 books at a given time from each of the ALB member Libraries. Each library's rules apply to Pratt students as ALB users.
Note: The reading and borrowing privileges of the other eight libraries, do not apply to SUNY Downstate. Downstate will accept Metro cards issued following the agreed upon procedure.
Procedures. You need a current Pratt ID and an ALB card to gain access to ALB member libraries. To obtain a card, consult a librarian at the Information/Reference Desk. It would be advisable to confirm library hours and days of service before making a trip. Borrowed material is to be returned either in person or by mail to the lending library. If mailed, allow adequate time for the material to reach the lending library before the item is due.
Responsibilities. Readers are responsible for treating library materials with care, and borrowers need to return books on time. The lending library's overdue charges apply. Notices for overdue books will be sent directly to the borrower. Notices of serious delinquency will be sent to the borrower's college for appropriate action. Open access privileges may be withdrawn from any user who abuses the system.
Bedford Ave. & Ave. H
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Library Home Page: http://library.brooklyn.cuny.edu
Subject Strengths: American and English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Mathematics, Philosophy, Religion
Long Island University
18 Flatbush Ave. Ext. & Dekalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Library Home Page: http://library.liu.edu
Subject Strengths: Business, Health Sciences, Psychology, Pharmacy
Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Library Home Page: http://www.mec.cuny.edu/Library.aspx
Subject Strengths: Business, Liberal Arts, Education, Science, Health Technology
New York City College of Technology
300 Jay Street (near Tillary St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Library Home Page: http://library.citytech.cuny.edu
Subject Strengths: Advertising technology, African-American Studies, Electrical Engineering, Marketing, Nursing
5 Metro Tech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Library Home Page: http://www.poly.edu/research/library
Subject Strengths: Computer Science, Engineering, Transportation
200 Willoughby Ave. (corner Hall & DeKalb)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Library Home Page: http://library.pratt.edu
Subject Strengths: Art and Architecture, Information and Library Science, Design, Graphic Arts, Painting: 20th Century, Photography
St. Francis College
180 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-2300 ext. 307
Library Home Page: http://library.sfc.edu/
Subject Strengths: Liberal Arts, Education, Philosophy, Health Administration, Aviation
St. Joseph's College
222 Clinton Ave. (at Willoughby Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Library Home Page: http://blib.sjcny.edu
Subject Strengths: Child Study, Education, Literature, Sociology, Catholic Church History, Philosophy, & Theology
SUNY Downstate (Medical Research Library of Brooklyn)
450 Clarkson Ave, Box 14
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Library Home Page: http://library.downstate.edu
Subject Strengths: Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health
Notes: Although the library belongs to ALB, they do not recognize ALB cards. Any student from another institution would be required to obtain a METRO card in order to obtain access to their library, regardless of whether they attend an ALB institution. As per usual METRO card limitations, outside students would not be able to borrow materials from SUNY downstate. Students may request SUNY Downstate materials using ILL.
Article I. Name
This group shall be officially known as the Academic Libraries of Brooklyn.
Article II. Purpose
The combined libraries propose:
Article III. Members
In addition to the charter members listed at the end of this document, any academic library whether public or private in the Brooklyn area, may become a member upon compliance with provisions stated in the by-laws.
Article IV. Officers
The elected officers of this group shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer who together shall constitute the executive board. The term of each office shall be for two years. The vice-president shall automatically become president at the end of the second year or in the event of a vacancy in the presidency. Special elections shall be held to replace other officers.
Article V. Meetings
The frequency, time and place of meetings shall be left to the discretion of the executive board. Notice of meetings shall normally be sent to members at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
Article VI. Amendments
Both the constitution and attached by-laws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the membership. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the executive board at least one month in advance of the meeting at which the amendment is to be discussed. A copy of the proposed amendment should be sent to each member at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.
Article I. Dues
Section I. The fiscal year shall commence on the first day of July in each year and end on the 30th day of June in the succeeding year. Section II. The annual dues shall be determined at the first meeting of each year.
Article II. Meetings
Section I. The meetings shall be held on such days as may be designated by the executive board. There shall be a minimum of two meetings per year. The May meeting shall be designated as the meeting for elections.
Article III. Nomination of Officers
Section I. A nominating committee of three members shall be appointed by the president. It shall be the function of the nominating committee to prepare a slate of qualified candidates for the various offices. Section II. The nominating committee shall on or before May 1st of each second year report to the secretary the names of persons selected by the committee for officers to be voted upon at the next meeting of ALB. The secretary shall send out a slate two weeks in advance of the election meeting. Further nominations may be made from the floor at the May meeting.
Article IV. Voting
Section I. Each member institution is entitled to one vote. A record of votes and representatives of institutions shall be kept on file by the secretary. Only the chief library administrator or the official representative is entitled to vote. Section II. a majority of votes cast constitute an election. For amendments to constitution or by-laws, a two-thirds vote of the total membership shall be required.
Pratt Libraries also belong to METRO, which counts 300 libraries in New York City and Westchester County among its members. Access to METRO libraries (PDF) is allowed only if the specific item needed is not available in a public library. A Pratt librarian must call for permission to obtain a METRO Card for you. METRO referrals do not permit you to borrow materials.
Our librarians have compiled a comprehensive list of libraries with art, design and architecture or image collections in New York City, including Historical Societies, museums, and other research libraries. Each library has its own access policy.
American Museum of Natural History Library
Central Park West at 79th Street, 4th Floor
Tel: (212) 769-5400
Access: Tuesday through Thursday, 2:00PM to 5:30PM
Collection: Over 440,000 volumes, more than one million images in the photographic collection, and over 1500 film titles related to zoology, paleontology, geology, anthropology, and associated fields.
Brooklyn Historical Society Library
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Tel: (718) 624-0890.
Access: Open to qualified researchers. $5.00/day reader's fee for non-members. ID required.
Note: The BHSL building is undergoing restoration. Contact the BHS at
2 MetroTech Center, Suite 4200, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Tel: (718) 254-9830, Fax: (718) 254-9869.
Collection: Extensive non-circulating collection of Brooklyn histories, city directories and real estate atlases from 1855 to the 1930s. Also, 90,000 images of Brooklyn and Long Island people and places. Subject coverage includes Brooklyn and area history, architecture, art, decorative arts, genealogy.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238.
Art Reference Library
Tel: (718) 638-5000 x. 310
Access: Wednesday and Thursday, 1:30 to 4:45PM; call for appointment.
Collection: 180,000 books, 200 current periodical subscriptions in a non-circulating collection specializing in art history - including American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; prints and drawings; costume and textiles; African, Oceania, New World and Asian art.
Wilbour Library of Egyptology
Tel: (718) 638-5000 x. 215, 219
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Comprehensive research facility for ancient Egypt and the Western hemisphere. Research materials on Greece and Rome.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Memorial Study Center
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128, Tel: (212) 860-6883
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Decorative texts, textiles, wallcoverings and design. Rare books on related subjects. Picture collection. Papers of Donald Deskey, Henry Dreyfuss, Ladislav Sutnar.
Frick Art Reference Library
10 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 288-8700
Access: Open to graduate students and researchers with serious interest in art. ID required.
Collection: Art from the fourth to the twentieth centuries, including manuscript illumination. Large collection of sales, auction, and exhibition catalogs. In-house periodical index and picture collection with subject and title access.
Grolier Club Library
47 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022, Tel: (212) 838-6690
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Devoted to the arts of the book and including rare bookseller and auction catalogs.
Hispanic Society of America Library
613 West 155th Street, New York, NY 10032, Tel: (212) 926-2234
Access: Students and researchers. ID required. Tues.-Sat. 10:00am-4:30pm; Sunday 1:00-4:00pm
Collection: Thousands of manuscripts and over 100,000 books are contained in an important center for research on Spanish and Portuguese art, history, and literature.
International Center of Photography Library
1130 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128, Tel: (212) 860-1787
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Photography books from the 19th century to the present. Over 4,000 clipping files on photographers with biographical data from primary materials.
M. Knoedler & Co.
19 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Art Reference Library, Tel: (212) 794-0567
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Monographs on 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists. Strong collection of auction and exhibition catalogs, many annotated with inserted reviews and clippings. Art periodicals.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028-0198
Thomas J. Watson Library
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Tel: (212) 650-2225
Access: Open to scholars of college age and above. Registration with photo ID is required; you may register and place requests online. Material from most departmental libraries (see below) may be requested for use in Watson Library. Hours: T-W-Th, 9:30-5:15; Fri 9:30-6:00; Sat 10-2. Visit the library’s website (library.metmuseum.org) for details and access to the libraries’ catalog.
Collection: Approximately 800,000 volumes, including monographs and exhibition catalogs; over 11,000 periodical titles; and more than 125,000 auction and sale catalogs. Extensive collection of electronic resources (including numerous indexes, encyclopedias, dictionaries, online journals, databases, and Internet resources), autograph letters, and ephemera files relating to individual artists and to the history of the Museum.
Cloisters Library and Archives
Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY 10040, Tel: (212) 396-5319
Access: Open to qualified researchers and graduate students by appointment.
Collection: Medieval art, medieval gardens. Collection contains books and periodicals and an extensive photograph collection.
Robert Goldwater Library, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Tel: (212) 570-3707
Access: Materials available upon request for use in Watson Library. Researchers with special requests for Goldwater Library material may make appointments in advance via email for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Appointment requests must be received at least 24 hours in advance. Email: Goldwater.Library@metmuseum.org
Collection: Noncirculating library dedicated to the documentation of the visual arts of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and Native and Precolumbian America. Extensive holdings in archeology, anthropology and ethnology; and a photography collection of objects in the museum and other private and public collections.
Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Tel: (212) 650-2723
Access: The Lewisohn Library will be closed through early 2014. Researchers may continue to search the holdings of The Costume Institute Library in Watsonline, the Museum libraries’ online catalog, to see what is available, and may request these materials for use in the Thomas J. Watson Library.
Collection: Fashion history. Collection of original sketches by Mainbocher. Swatch books, sketch and scrap books, fashion plates.
The Nolen Library in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028, Tel: (212) 570-3788
Access: Open to all museum visitors, students, teachers. Hours: T-W-Th 9:30-5:00, Fri 9:30-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5.
Collection: Open stacks. General art appreciation and history reference collection, focusing on the Museum’s current exhibitions, permanent collection, and art history in general. Access to all electronic resources collected by the Museum Libraries.
Municipal Art Society
Information Exchange/Greenacre Reference Resource
457 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, Tel: (212) 935-3960 x. 241, 243
Access: Telephone reference. Open to the public by appointment.
Collection: New York City architecture, historic preservation, planning, greening and open space issues.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Study Centers
Tel.: (718) 708-9400
Undergoing restoration. The Museum will reopen Winter 2004-05. Some of the Museum's Study Centers are closed or have special hours.
Collection: MOMA's study centers offer access to specialized research material and to the Museum's collections. Each 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.
New York Public Library (NYPL) Library
Mid-Manhattan Library, Picture Collection (Available Online)
455 Fifth Avenue , New York, NY 10016, Tel: (212) 340-0833
Access: Open to the public. Pictures can be borrowed with a New York Public Library card and images can be searched and viewed on the online version of the collection.
Collection: Encyclopedic in scope: 5 million pictures, art subjects, decorative arts, costume.
Research Libraries, Art & Architecture Department
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street, New York, NY, Tel: (212) 930-0834/0835
Access: Open to college-level students and above.
Collection: Art, art history, architecture, decorative arts from prehistoric to contemporary. Many monographs in Western European languages. 100,000 artists on microfilm, electronic indexes.
Pierpont Morgan Library
29 East 36th Street, New York, NY 10016, Tel: (212) 685-0008
Access: Open to scholars, graduate students, curators and librarians, and collectors. By appointment and with written application only.
Collection: Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, drawings, and early printed books.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Soho Center Library
583 Broadway, New York, NY 10012, Tel: (212) 219-1222
Access: Open to the public, by appointment.
Collection: Contemporary art, art criticism and theory.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128, Tel: (212) 423-3830
Access: Collectors and graduate students by appointment.
Collection: Twentieth-century art books, periodicals, exhibition catalogs, artists' books, special collection on Gauguin and Costakis.
Queens Borough Public Library
Central Library, Fine Art & Recreation
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11432, Tel: (718) 990-0755 (Reference), 0757 (Audio & Picture Collections), 0766 (Film & Video)
Access: Open to the public.
Collection: Art, music, theater, dance, games, and sports, in addition to an extensive collection of videos, DVDs, CDs, cassettes, CD-ROMs, and pictures on selected topics.
Whitney Museum of American Art Library
945 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10126, Tel: (212) 570-3648, 3649
Access: By appointment.
Collection: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art books, catalogs and vertical files.
As residents of New York State, Pratt students have access to all New York City Public Libraries, Brooklyn Public Libraries and Queens Public Libraries. With proof of address, you may obtain Library Cards granting you access to books, multimedia and online databases not held by Pratt Libraries.
Anyone who lives, works, pays property taxes, or attends school in New York State is eligible for a free New York Public Library card. An NYPL library card allows you to do more than simply borrow books and other materials. You can also use your card to access NYPL's online databases and eBooks, Digital Images and more from home. There are two different library cards used at The New York Public Library: a Branch Libraries Card is needed to borrow circulating items, use online databases from home and renew or reserve books. An ACCESS card is used to request materials in any of the readings rooms of the Research Libraries.
To sign up for a New York Public Library card go to: http://www.nypl.org/help/library-card.
Center for the Humanities
42nd Street and Fifth Avenue
Art and Architecture Division, Room 313
Tel: (212) 930-0834
Collection: Over 275,000 volumes in a closed stack, non-circulating collection of research material.
Map Division, Room 117
Tel: (212) 930-0587
Collection: Comprehensive; includes all maps produced by U.S. government agencies, some 1,500 Bromley and Sanborn atlases of New York City from the 1850s to the present, and plans of American and foreign cities. Take pencil and tracing paper; no photocopying of rare material.
Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)
34th Street and Madison Avenue
Tel: (212) 592-7000
Collection: 40,000 circulating books, 1.2 million reference books, more than 10,000 periodical titles, a vast collection of patents and numerous workstations for access to a world of electronic information.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza at 65th Street
Tel: (212) 870-1630
Collection: Circulating material includes over 150,000 audiotapes and CDs, videotapes, scripts, screenplays, and scores. Research material includes clipping files (reviews and visuals) on theater, film, music, and dance.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard
Tel: (212) 491-2200
Collection: A national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Collections include art objects, audio and videotapes, books, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music and sheet music
Any person, who lives, works, pays property taxes or goes to school in New York State is eligible for a free Brooklyn Public Library card. Your Brooklyn Public Library card gives you access and borrowing privileges at any public library in Brooklyn, the New York Public Library (NYPL) and the Queens Borough Public Library (QBPL) - though NYPL and QBPL will ask you for additional identification. BPL cardholders can use their library card to access BPL's ILL services and online databases.
To sign up for a Brooklyn Public Library card go to: https://bpl.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/patron/registration.aspx.
Grand Army Plaza
Tel: (718) 780-7722
Collection: Almost 2 million books, 1,000 current magazine titles, 9,000 videos and 57,000 audio recordings; plus picture files, maps, and a special collection on Brooklyn.
280 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights
Tel: (718) 722-3333
Collection: The 150,000 items include numerous business periodicals, as well as a comprehensive collection of loose-leaf services, reference and circulating books, in subjects such as advertising and real estate. Also company reports, foreign and domestic phone books, close to 3,000 directories and access to online databases.
Clinton Hill Branch
380 Washington Avenue
Tel: (718) 857-8038
Collection: Neighborhood library for recreational reading --novels, best sellers, how-to books, travel guides, etc. Closest branch library to Pratt's Brooklyn campus.
People, who live, work, attend school or own property in New York State is eligible for a free Queens Public Libraries account. By opening an account and obtaining a card, you can borrow books, magazines, CDs, Videos, DVDs, games, and more, at all libraries throughout Queens. You may also use library computers or borrow laptop computers for in-library use when available. An account holder may also access services and information online from remote locations.
To sign up for a Queens Public Library card go to: http://www.queenslibrary.org/index.aspx?page_nm=Get+a+Library+Card.
There are hundreds of special libraries in New York City. They serve organizations such as advertising agencies, banks, and businesses, and are listed with collection and access information in the Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers (available online with a NYPL library card at http://www.nypl.org/node/32450.