Goethe Institute Library New York


General Photography

You might never heard of the Goethe Institute (you might actually never heard of Goethe - kidding, kidding) in New York City. Its reference librarian, Katherine Lorimer, happens to be an amateur photographer and reader of this blog, and she emailed me to tell me that they got a pretty solid selection of photography books (apart from books about contemporary German literature, film, art and history). Due to their mission (they’re funded by the German government), they only carry German artists. But you can use their library if you want. In-house use is free, and if you want to take books out you need an annual membership ($10/year - quite the steal!). Frau Lorimer sent me an impressive list of their recent 100 acquisitions, but it’ll be more fun for you to maybe just check it out in person. All the Düsseldorf stuff and much more. They’re at 72 Spring Street, 11th Floor, and they’re open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 2-7pm, Fridays from noon to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm (What? A German library open on a Saturday? What is this?).