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Virtual Catalogue Heightens Scholars Access to Research Library

February 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES—The Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) was recently invited to join—a search engine for art historical research.  The Research Library is the only American art library to be included in this prestigious international online catalogue.  It is just one of three libraries from English-speaking countries to be called upon to participate as a partner in this project.

Art, formerly known as the Virtueller Katalog Kunstgeschichte (VKK), was launched in 1999 by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within its art libraries program.  Since that time, the Virtual Catalogue has grown to include information on the holdings of various educational and cultural institutions as well as museums and research organizations.  It now contains over five million records including articles in periodicals, conference papers and bibliographic records. 

The International VKK Steering Committee, sought out the Getty’s Research Library for its extensive collection of European art.  Jan Simane, who chairs the steering committee, says, “The Research Library is one of the most important art libraries in the world, and, its collection in this arena is particularly strong. is delighted that the Research Library is collaborating with us on this project.”

Approximately 650,000 bibliographic records representing the Research Library’s more than 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and auction catalogs are now searchable on Focusing on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology, with an emphasis on western European art, the Research Library’s holdings begin with prehistory and extend to contemporary art. 

Susan M. Allen, associate director and chief librarian, GRI, adds, “The Research Library is honored to participate in this catalogue and I hope that it will provide scholars around the world added access to our collection.”

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications

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