What is the Department of Research Collections?

The BGC Department of Research Collections comprises the Library, Study Collection, and Archive, representing a comprehensive range of diverse research resources across a range of media in support of the advanced scholarly study of material culture. Bringing these three entities together aligns the institution’s collection with its approach to research, which challenges traditional boundaries, centers the object, and emphasizes interdisciplinarity.

Housed at our campus on West 86th Street and at Bard Hall on West 58th Street, our collections include more than than 100,000 books (print and digital), 600 periodical titles, 14,000 auction catalogs, 2,000 objects, the archival holdings of our 30-year exhibition history, and a growing body of digital scholarship produced by our faculty, students, and staff. These holdings are all searchable through our online discovery platform, FOLIO.

To learn more about each facet of the DRC, click on the links below.