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The Research Library will be closed December 25, 2014–January 1, 2015. Requests received during this time will be processed beginning January 2, 2015.

Can I use the library?


We are not a lending library, but we do offer three levels of reader privileges. More information can be found on our Access Policy and Reader Privileges pages.

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Do you offer grants to researchers?


The Research Library offers Getty Research Library Grants that provide partial, short-term support to scholars. The Getty also offers long-term, residential research grants connected to an annual theme.

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Where can I find information on the Getty's Open Content Program?


Please refer to the Getty's Open Content Program web page for information and frequently asked questions about the Getty's open content images.

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How do I request items through the website?


Library Readers may request items online using Primo Search. Please refer to our Access Policy to learn how to become a Reader in the Library. See the Primo Search Help page for important tips.

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How do I order a digital file? How do I request permission to use the digital file?


Please refer to our Reproductions and Permissions policy for information about requesting images.

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How much does a digital file cost?


Please refer to our Collection Image Fees and our Reproductions and Permissions policy for further information.

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Can I request photocopies of material in the library?


Library Readers may use photocopy machines located within the library to make copies from books and periodicals. The cost is 10 cents per page for black-and-white copies and $1.00 per page for color copies.

Please refer to our Special Collections Use Policy for information about requesting photocopies from Special Collections and Institutional Archives.

Many items from the Research Library are available to off-campus researchers through interlibrary loan arrangements with their home institutions. Off-campus researchers can contact their library's interlibrary loan office to initiate requests for loans from the Research Library.

Other libraries are welcome to request materials via interlibrary loan.

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Can I take pictures of Research Library and Special Collections materials?


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Use of patron-owned copying equipment such as digital cameras and scanners is subject to compliance with United States copyright law, and any person using his or her own equipment to make copies of copyrighted material is liable for infringement.

Readers are permitted to take digital pictures for study purposes only. Use of a copy stand to take photographs from books or journals is available by advance appointment.

Readers must be sensitive to others conducting research in the area. The library reserves the right to request that readers cease taking photographs if the use disturbs other library users.

Readers may NOT take pictures of staff members or other readers.

To take digital pictures of Special Collections material, please see the policy on digital photography in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Where can I find information about J. Paul Getty?


Historical records of the J. Paul Getty Trust's activities are held in the Institutional Archives. These archives include collections related to J. Paul Getty, but do not make a concerted effort to collect J. Paul Getty's personal papers or the business records of his various companies; rather, it focuses on core collections related to his biography and his approach to collecting art. You can also watch a video to learn about J. Paul Getty's life and collecting philosophy.

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Can you tell me the value of a work of art I own?


The Research Library does not provide, endorse, recommend, or guarantee appraisal services. However, we offer a guide to research resources for appraisal.

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How can I find out about an artist?


A research guide to artists' biographies offers a list of selected publications, regional resources in Southern California, and Internet resources. We also offer a guide to artists' signatures.

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Are you affiliated with Getty Images?


No, Getty Images has no relationship to the J. Paul Getty Trust. You can contact Getty Images at http://www.gettyimages.com/

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How can I find out what is in an archive housed in Special Collections?


The Research Library offers Inventories and Finding Aids for selected Special Collections. Finding Aids describe the scope and contents of a Special Collection and provide an inventory of materials.

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How can I access the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive?


Cataloging of the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive is ongoing. Videos cataloged to date are in the Research Library Catalog. However, most of the cataloged videos in this archive have not yet been reformatted for viewing.

If a particular item has been reformatted, the Library Catalog record will say "Video Use Copy" under "Holdings at this Location." Library Readers may request these items in the same manner they request any Special Collections material. See the Access Policy and Reader Privileges for more information.

Reformatting requests are subject to the approval of the curator and conservator. At this time, we will not reformat videos that are already accessible in other local collections. To make a reformatting request, please contact the GRI. Reformatting requests may take up to three months to process.

Reformatted material can be screened in the Special Collections Reading Room by making an appointment.

For assistance with the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Archive paper archives, please contact the GRI.

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How can I access the Julius Shulman Photography Archive?


Stack Readers, Extended Readers, Getty staff, in-residence Getty scholars and fellows, and Getty interns may view the Julius Shulman Archive in the Special Collections Reading Room. Please refer to our Access Policy to learn about how to become a Reader in the library.

Please refer to the guide to the Julius Shulman Archive for a selected bibliography and frequently asked questions about this archive.

Please refer to the Julius Shulman Archive Finding Aid for an inventory of the archive.

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How can I access the Frank Lloyd Wright resources?


The Research Library owns photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright's drawings and microfiche copies of Wright's correspondence. The original drawings and letters are housed at the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Please refer to the guide to the Frank Lloyd Wright Resources for further information about these collections.

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How can I access Holocaust-era resources?


The Research Library houses resources that bear on Holocaust-era looting and postwar dissemination of stolen art. Please refer to our guide to Holocaust-Era Research Resources for further information.

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How do I request Research Library materials for an exhibition?


The Research Institute supports loans from its collections to further its mission and to increase public access to its holdings. To request Research Library materials for an exhibition, please see the conditions for borrowing materials and collections facsimiles.

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