Library Catalog

Thank you for your interest in the collections of the Getty Research Institute.

Freely Available Images Online

Open Content Program
The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required. For more information about discovering unrestricted, high-resolution digital images available for download from the Getty Research Institute's collections, please review the Getty's Open Content Program. Browse all available open content images on Getty Search Gateway.

Digital Collections and Library Catalog
The Getty Research Institute also makes freely available, images of selected materials from Digital Collections and the Library Catalog.

Public domain images can be downloaded at a file size that is suitable for most purposes. These images have not been approved by the Getty for unrestricted use for various reasons, such as privacy and publicity concerns or contractual requirements. It is the user's responsibility to ensure that there are no restrictions on these images based on third-party rights. The Getty assumes no liability for the use of these images if a third party makes an infringement claim.

Images not in the public domain may be downloaded for personal study, noncommercial use, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright law.

If a different file size and/or permission to publish for non-public domain images is needed, please submit a Library Reproductions and Permissions request form, below. Collection Image Fees will apply.

Request Forms for Materials Not Available Online and/or Permission to Publish

Requests are processed in the order received. All requests for materials and permission to publish are subject to approval. Copyright restrictions may apply.

It may take up to 12 weeks to fulfill requests for digitization and/or permission to publish. We are unable to accommodate rush requests.

Please review the Collection Image Fees before submitting a request form.

    Steps to complete a request form:
  1. Below click on the request form applicable to your use.
  2. Read the Terms of Use.
    In addition to the Terms of Use the requester further agrees:
    a. To promptly pay all Collection Image Fees.
    b. To supply a complimentary copy of the publication to the Getty Research Institute.
  3. Check the box at the bottom of the selected Terms of Use page to indicate that you have Read and Agree to the Terms of Use. Click "Submit" to display the request form.
  4. Complete and submit the request form.

Images for Personal Use: please submit a Library Reference Request Form. All requests are subject to approval.
Audiovisual Material for any digital use related to an exhibition (e.g., public screening, gallery projection, audio guide, exhibition website, etc.), please review the GRI's Conditions for Use of Audiovisual Materials before submitting a form appropriate for your use.
If you are unable to submit a form, please contact Getty Library Reference by email at, phone at 310-440-7390, or by mail at the following address:

Getty Library Reference
Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688

Images for Exhibition Use

All high-resolution images available through the Open Content Program are freely available for exhibition use.

For other images, please submit the request form(s) above applicable to your use.

Exhibition display use: Includes the use of reproductions as substitutes for original works, gallery wall graphics, didactic panels and/or electronic uses, such as interactive gallery displays, exhibition videos and slide shows. You will receive digital files, as we do not produce print facsimiles. We require six months prior to exhibition opening to fulfill requests for exhibition display. Please allow sufficient time for us to fulfill your request.

Exhibition catalogs, ephemera, publicity, websites and/or other non-display uses: We require twelve weeks to fulfill requests for images for these uses. Carefully consider your editorial deadlines and allow ample time for us to fulfill your request.

Collection Image Fees will apply to all orders.

Requests for images for all exhibition-related uses, including display and publication, may not exceed a total of 30 images and are subject to approval. Additional fees may be charged.

After we receive your form(s), we will ask you to provide detailed information about the exhibition and intended use of the images.

To borrow original collection materials for exhibition use, please review our Conditions for Borrowing Collection Materials.

Use of Audiovisual Materials

If you are requesting audiovisual material for any digital use (e.g., public screening, gallery projection, audio guide, exhibition website, classroom or other presentation, etc.), please review the GRI's Conditions for Use of Audiovisual Materials.

Requests for reformatting or access are subject to approval and rights analysis.

If audiovisual material requires reformatting, please allow nine months prior to your exhibition's launch.

Copyright Information

Who holds the copyright?
In many cases, the Getty Research Institute does not hold the copyright to materials in its collections and so cannot grant or deny permission to publish them, nor can the Research Institute assume responsibility for determining their copyright status. If the work is not in the public domain, it is the responsibility of the researcher to secure permission from the appropriate copyright holder to publish or quote from items in the library's collection.

Identifying copyright holder(s) and obtaining permission to publish or quote from items in the Getty Research Institute's collections are the responsibility of the requester. For information about researching the copyright status of an item, consult the Copyright Research Guide.

Your use of images from the Getty Research Institute should be contingent upon your locating and securing permission beforehand from the individual or entity that may claim those rights.