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Comic Books and Graphic Resources at The New York Public Library: Finding Books - The Library Catalog

Library Catalog

Research Catalog 

Explore millions of items from The New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The Research Catalog also provides researchers with access to offsite storage items from NYPL, Columbia University, Princeton University and Harvard University. Items will be delivered to The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in 1-2 business  days.

The best way to start a search is with a "Subject Heading". Noted below are commonly used subject headings for graphic arts. 

Comic books, strips, etc                                                Graphic novels

Cartoonists                                                                    Comics (Graphic works)

Caricatures and cartoons                                              Comics & Graphic Novels

Searches can also be achieved by an "author" (last name, first name) or "keyword", and standard numbers (call numbers). 

Author - Marvel Comics Group

Keyword - Wonder Woman and DC

Getting Started

Book a Consultation 

The General Research Division offers one-on-one virtual and in-person reference consultations. Researchers of all levels are welcome. Consultations include: catalog navigation, demonstration of online services and database (articles, abstracts etc.. ), as well as exploration of sources for a specific topic. To schedule a consultation, please click on the link above or email us at: A Librarian will review your query and get back to you as soon as possible. 

Before Your Visit

A Library card is needed to access our collections, both on-site and remote (databases). NYC residents or visitors to NYC (domestic or international), can apply online here. Please note that a photo ID and proof of address is needed to validate your card when you visit. Further information on Library cards can be found here

Request Materials in Advance of your Visit

General collections are available to view without an appointment. However, we encourage patrons to request materials in advance of their visit to ensure availability.

How to request items outside of NYPL


A catalog which enables the user to search multiple libraries at once. 

Interlibrary Services and Document Delivery

Interlibrary Services provides access to materials held at libraries outside the NYPL system. Document Delivery enables a user with an exact citation to request scans of a small portion or chapter of a title. These scans will be emailed to the user.