Art Collection

About the Art Collection

The Collection   

Located on the 6th Floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library building, the Queens College Library Art Collection has developed since its founding in 1937 into a leading art library of the City University of New York (CUNY). Our collection includes print and electronic resources on all facets of art and art history, theory, criticism, materials, and techniques. These include books, bound periodicals, pamphlets, and exhibition catalogs.   

The Art Collection has strong holdings in Western European and American art, architectural history, and archeology. The collection constantly expands to include the work of emerging artists, art movements, and global perspectives on art. Use the online catalog, OneSearch, to find art resources.   

The library maintains a Rare Art Book Collection; items are available upon request and can be consulted within the library.  

Research Assistance   

For research assistance, use the “Ask Us” page to contact a librarian and schedule an appointment or get help via text, email, or chat. Visit the Library’s FAQs to get answers to frequently asked questions. If you are a faculty member and would like to request classroom instruction, please submit a Faculty Request for Library Instruction 

Art Research Guides   

The Art Research guide provides information on art history, design, photography, and studio art. 

Art Collection Access   

The Art Collection is on the 6th Floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library building, also home to the QC Art Center, a gallery of rotating exhibitions operated by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts in collaboration with Art Department staff.   


Donations are steadily bringing in important publications and documents, which otherwise it would be difficult to acquire, that strengthen the research potency of the Queens College Library. The Art Collection appreciates the generosity of its supporters. For information on endowments, bequests, and naming opportunities, please contact the Queens College Foundation, or call 718-997-3920. 

We all look forward to welcoming and assisting you in Art!