Library access during Thanksgiving weekend

The Research Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, and will reopen at 9:30 a.m. Monday, November 28.

While the library will be closed to all readers on Thursday, November 24, Extended Readers may still use the library until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, all day on Friday, November 25, and throughout the weekend. However, library services and staff, including Circulation, Reference, and the Special Collections Reading Room, will not be available.

New e-resource: World’s Fairs: a global history of expositions

To complement the Research Library’s extensive holdings on world’s fairs and expositions, we have recently acquired a new database compiled by Adam Matthew Digital, World’s Fairs: a global history of expositions. Access is available to on-site library readers, Getty staff, and Getty scholars.

This database provides digital access to primary source material collated from thirteen archives in North America, the U.K., and France. Material includes pamphlets, guide books, official catalogues, periodicals, minutes, and correspondence. There is also a selection of visual material including maps, photographs, postcards, and illustrations.

Opening of the Great Exhibition, London, May 1, 1851. 1851. © The Victoria and Albert Museum
Opening of the Great Exhibition, London, May 1, 1851. 1851. © The Victoria and Albert Museum

While over 200 hundred fairs are represented, most material relates to the following fairs:

• 1851 Great Exhibition, London
• 1876 Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition
• 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle
• 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition
• 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis
• 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco
• 1933/34 Chicago Century of Progress International Exposition
• 1939/40 New York World’s Fair
• 1967 Expo ’67 Montreal

To explore the library’s holdings on any of these fairs, go to Primo Search. For example, searching “1889 Paris Exposition Universelle” yields over 140 results, including 56 titles from our Special Collections, some of which have been digitized.

For assistance with this database or Primo Search call or visit the Reference Desk.

-Susan Flanagan, Collection Development Librarian for Electronic Resources

Getty Center Drive Closed: 11/14 at 1:30 pm to 11/15 at 9:00 am

Beginning on Monday November 14, at 1:30 pm and continuing through Tuesday morning at 9:00 am, Getty Center Drive will be closed to incoming vehicles.

All incoming vehicles will need to enter via the South Gate on N. Church Lane during this period. See map below.

Research Library Readers should then proceed to the main parking garage.


Books related to The Art of Alchemy exhibition

Need to conjure up additional alchemy? A selection of books is now available in the Research Library’s Plaza Reading Room to accompany the Research Institute’s current exhibition The Art of Alchemy. The books will be on reserve in this location through February 12, 2017.

A list of the titles is available in Primo Search.


These books also complement the items – magically! – digitized in The Getty Alchemy Collection and the Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts, circa 1500-1825.

– Aimee Calfin, Senior Research Services Assistant