This guide contains the Library’s appointment and COVID-19 policies.
The Library is open to all by appointment.
We cannot accommodate walk-ins, same day appointments or same day ticket reservation requests.
Full vaccination is required by your appointment dates. Proof of vaccination is required.
See the following for additional information:
Library's access policies and reader privileges
Getty Center COVID-19 Safety Measures
(Last updated: 8/8/2022)
New, Renewing, and Current Readers must adhere to the Library’s appointment and ticket reservation policies below.
New and Renewing Readers* contact the Library at least two weeks in advance.
New, Renewing* and Current Readers contact the Library in advance (we recommend at least two weeks in advance).
The Special Collections Reading Room is small. Seating is very limited. The number of seats is reduced depending on the size of material that researchers need to consult, staffing, and the evolving nature of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.
Appointment priority is given to Getty staff, Getty residential scholars, and deferred 2020/2021 Getty Library Research Grant Recipients.
We do not maintain a waitlist.
Special Collections Reading Room hours are Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
An email from Library staff confirming the details of your appointment(s) and, if applicable, information regarding requesting materials and the Reader registration or renewal procedures.
An email from Getty Tickets (email@example.com) with your Getty Library ticket reservations(s). Check your spam/junk folder if you don’t receive the email in your inbox. This is a ticket for the Library only.
Renewals are subject to approval and can take place on or after the expiration date on a Stack or Extended Reader badge.
All Readers remain in our system. When a renewal is approved, we can process renewals beyond the expiration date on a Reader badge.
Due to high demand and limited staff, we cannot accommodate renewal requests to be eligible for parking validation only.
(Last updated: 8/8/2022)
The Getty Library requires all Readers to be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved COVID vaccine by the date of their appointment.
Two weeks must pass after the second dose of a 2-dose series or a single-dose vaccine.
We require proof of full vaccinations, and urge booster shots.
You must show your government-issued photo ID with your paper vaccination card, digital vaccination record, or a photograph of your vaccination card.
Vaccination verification is a 2-step process:
* Once you receive the stickers on your Reader badge and verify them at the Reference Desk, you will not need to do these steps again, unless you receive a new Reader badge or forgot your Reader badge. At T1 the main entrance, you will show your Reader badge with stickers to the staff member or security officer to proceed directly to the tram.
(Last updated: 10/7/2022)
The wearing of masks indoors is strongly recommended at all times in Library spaces, but no longer required.
Masks are available to Readers upon request. Please ask at the GRI Plaza Security desk.
(Last updated: 03/7/2022)
Consuming food or drinks is not allowed inside the GRI. Eating and drinking is allowed in the GRI L2 Community Lounge or outdoor spaces.
The GRI L2 Community Lounge is open for Readers. Microwaves, a Reader-use only refrigerator, filtered water, snack and drink vending machines, coffee, and tea are available.
Readers may purchase food from the Getty Center Cafe (Monday - Friday). The Cafe is only open to staff, business visitors, and Readers. Additionally, food is available at Museum Garden Terrace Cafe and either Coffee Cart (Tuesday - Friday) and food can be ordered online in advance at https://gettycenterdining.buy-ondemand.com/.
(Last updated: 9/30/2021)