Visiting the Getty Research Institute

Contact Information:
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90049–1688
Tel. (310) 440-7335
Library Hours:
The library is open with limited access.
Virtual Reference Desk is available:
Monday–Friday
9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(310) 440-7390 or email
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 24-31
Getty Research Institute Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Thanksgiving, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, July 4



Access to the Getty Library is currently limited to Getty staff, residential scholars, docents, as well as to Getty Library Research Grant Recipients whose 2020 visits were deferred, and registered Extended Readers residing in Southern California. We plan to expand access in the coming months. Please subscribe to the Getty Library blog for ongoing updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you are a Library Reader and wish to visit the Getty Museums, you must reserve free timed-entry tickets. Your reader badge will not give you on-site access or parking validation.


We will attempt to help you answer your Getty-related question or refer you to a more suitable resource. The appropriate librarian or department will reply within six weeks.

If you need to request images or permission to publish, please refer to our Reproductions and Permissions page. We have also compiled a Copyright Research Guide to assist you with your copyright questions.

The Getty cannot provide appraisal or authentication services for works of art. The Research Library has provided some resources that may help you with this type of query:

Appraisals Research Guide
Artists' Signatures Research Guide
Artists' Biographies Research Guide

Getty Staff and Residential Scholars may use the Staff E-mail Request form.

GRI and Research Library E-mail Request Form


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If you are unable to submit this form please contact Getty Library Reference by email at reference@getty.edu, 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