Library Catalog introductory sessions

Join a Reference Librarian for a 30-minute overview of the Library Catalog.

Learn the basics and ask questions too!

When: Mondays at 3:00 p.m. or Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Where: Plaza Seminar Room (*new location starting July 1*)

What: Topics covered include searching, saving records and searches, requesting material, and overview of the “my account” feature.

Seating is first come first served. Reservations are not required.

Temporary closure of Photo Archive Flemish section

The Flemish paintings and drawings section of the Photo Archive will be unavailable for consultation from July 1, 2019, until approximately Spring 2020 while it is digitized.

The material will be digitized as part of PhotoTech, a Getty Research Institute project that will explore how photo archives might be used to enable advanced research into issues of cultural and artistic influence, historical transmission of visual ideas, and networks of exchange. PhotoTech will employ digital methodologies such as rapid image capture, computer vision, and machine learning to process and analyze images at scale.

Please contact the Reference Desk at with any questions.

Library closure dates in July

Thursday, July 4
The library will be closed to all readers, Getty staff, Getty scholars, and docents/volunteers.

Friday, July 5
Library services will be closed, including the Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan desks and the Special Collections Reading Room.
No library access will be provided to Plaza Readers and Stack Readers; however, Extended Readers, Getty staff, Getty scholars, and docents/volunteers may use the library.

Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12
The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed for annual maintenance projects. All other Library services will be open and available as usual.

Saturday, May 11: GRI Plaza Entry Closed

Due to an event, the GRI Plaza entrance will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. During this time, access in or out of the library will be through L2 only. Security will have an officer assigned to the GRI L2 Security desk that day and Extended and Stack Readers will be able to have their parking validated.

It is anticipated that normal weekend access will resume around 3:00 p.m. After that time, all Extended Readers should enter and exit the building via Plaza as they normally would on Saturdays and Sundays.

Saturday, March 30: Moth treatment scheduled in the Research Library

Along with the ongoing vacuuming project, a moth treatment has been scheduled for this Saturday, March 30, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

In addition to moving any boxes or other materials away from the floor, if you have food items stored in your workspace, you should remove them prior to the treatment. If you are unable to do this, you may consider discarding these items when you return.

Regular access for Extended Readers will resume when the library reopens on Sunday, March 31. As vacuuming will continue on Sunday night, please continue to keep all items off the floor.

Announcing new specialized Getty Library Research Grants, application deadline April 30

Dear Readers and Colleagues,

Four new specialized Getty Library Research Grant opportunities have been generously funded by a Getty Research Institute Council member.

Please share with your colleagues and students as appropriate. Note that two of the grants are specifically designed to encourage research in primary sources by undergraduate and early career graduate students.

Four focused grants of $1,500 each will be awarded as follows:

— Research project focusing on an aspect of the art critic Clement Greenberg’s work utilizing the Clement Greenberg papers.

— Research involving the library’s special collections that focus on published and unpublished resources about the scientific aspects of materials used in the production of art, such as paper, pigments, textiles, and plastics.

Research opportunity specifically for an advanced undergraduate majoring in art history, architectural history, or studio art, to conduct research in the library’s GRI’s special collections and library.

Research opportunity specifically for a graduate student in the early stages of a graduate program (pre-M.A. or equivalent) in art history, architectural history, or studio art to conduct research in the GRI’s special collections and library.

Applications are now being accepted and are available online.

The deadline is April 30, 2019 for grants to be used between July 8, 2019 and December 20, 2019.

Please contact GRI Library Reference with any questions:


Kathleen Salomon
Associate Director
Chief Librarian