Tim Hetherington Photobook Library

Tim Hetherington Photobook Library

The Bronx Documentary Center’s Tim Hetherington Photobook Library is one of New York City’s only libraries dedicated to photography. 


The library houses a collection of more than 2,000 photography books. Many of the books come from the late Tim Hetherington, an Oscar nominee and World Press Photo award winner, who helped plan the BDC before his tragic death in Libya in 2011. Others were donated by companies like Aperture and Radius, as well as photographers like Eugene Richards and Peter Van Agtmeal. The library was constructed over the span of a year by the BDC’s cadre of volunteers.

Search the library's online catalogue.


Open by appointment only Monday through Thursday.

Please email info@bronxdoc.org to reserve a date and time block.

The entrance is located on 151st Street (Courtlandt Ave), please ring buzzer #2. 



We have grown our library thanks to the generosity of many artists and publishers, and always welcome new donations. 

If you would like to donate, please email jon@bronxdoc.org with the details of your publication, and we will follow up with more information. 

The BDC gratefully acknowledges the support of Tim’s parents, Judith and Alistair Hetherington, who generously donated his books to the BDC. Others were generously donated by organizations and individuals such as: The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan and Scott Thode, The New Yorker, GOST Books, Mack Books, Aperture Foundation, Stan Banos, and many others. 

Construction of the BDC's Tim Hetherington Library was generously funded by a grant from Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.