The largest publicly available comic book collection in the world is comprised of over 165,000 original print issues and 12,000 different titles that span 1934-present. Selected issues are held on color comic book fiche which is served in place of the original print comic book issues when available out of concern for preservation of the print collection. Reference staff can assist with identifying titles and issues and requesting issues to view in the reading room.
Access: Complete a Comic Book Request form (PDF, [104 KB]) at the circulation desk to request individual issues by title and date or issue number. Reference staff will locate the box number. Delivery time is generally within 30 minutes. The comic books are often very fragile; for this reason, some issues may not be served in the reading room or will require special handling by a librarian. Reference staff will review safe handling procedures with readers working with the comic book collection.
A small selection of comic books are available to browse in the reading room, and a section of the reference collection is devoted to comics. Access comics databases and web archives at one of the public computer terminals or through the Library's Wifi on your own device.