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More Than a Pretty Picture, 1.2 Million of Them
The collection that Mr. Parrott, 42, presides over is, the library says, the largest circulating picture collection in the world — over 1.2 million prints and postcards in all, enough to make it a favorite resource for artists, art directors and scenic designers.
They can borrow what they find. The collection lends images the way the rest of the library lends books. Every month, from 17,000 to 23,000 images are checked out from the collection, on the third floor of the Mid-Manhattan Library, on Fifth Avenue at 40th Street.