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Research Library Hours:
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Reference Desk: (310) 440-7390
Getty Research Institute Gallery Hours:
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Use the search tools below to access library materials, specialized databases, and other digital resources.

Library Catalog
Looking for library and special collections materials? Use the Library Catalog to find over one million books, periodicals, auction catalogs, rare books, archives, and more.
Search GRI CatalogPLUS
Want to discover what we have on your research topic? Conduct a search across multiple GRI databases, including the Library Catalog, Finding Aids, Digital Collections, and the Provenance Index.
Collection Inventories and Finding Aids
Want to know what's in the Yvonne Rainer archive? Finding Aids and inventories are detailed guides to the contents of selected archival collections.
Research Guides and Bibliographies
Librarians, scholars, and curators provide topical overviews of Research Institute collections and specialized areas of research.



Digital Collections
Browse, search, or download high-resolution images as well as scans of books and archival papers.
Article and Research Databases
The Research Institute provides on-site access to hundreds of specialized, subscription databases.
Collecting and Provenance Research
Curious about who owned a Rembrandt? Learn more about the history of collecting and search databases of archival documents, sales catalogs, and public collections.
Photo Study Collection
Search an inventory of the Library's on-site collection of nearly two million study photographs of art and architecture.
Access these databases, searchable together, which cover European and American visual arts material published between 1975 and 2007.

Getty Vocabularies

What is cinnabar? What is a rhyton? The Getty vocabularies contain structured terminology for fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and other material culture.

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)

The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)®

London or Londinium? TGN contains names, variant names, and hierarchical context for current and historical cities, towns, nations, empires, physical features, and archaeological sites.
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®

Catherine wheel or rose window? AAT contains terms, synonyms, definitions, and relationships for objects, styles, materials, and other topics related to art, architecture, and other material culture.
The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)

The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)®

Titian or Tiziano Vecellio? ULAN contains names, variant names, and biographical information for artists, architects, studios, firms, and repositories of art.
Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)

Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA)

Mona Lisa or La Gioconda? CONA, a new vocabulary coming in 2011, includes titles, attributions, and other information for works of art and architecture.