United Nations Photo

UN Photo Library


The United Nations Photo Library holds a collection of approximately 800,000 photographs dating back to the mid-1940s chronicling the history of the Organization and its work. The collection includes coverage of historic UN meetings and events, as well as a wide array of field coverage from its earliest days.

The Photo Library's mission is to make its collection available to media organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, researchers and civil society at large, in order to foster public understanding of the work of the United Nations and its goals.

The photo collection consists of negatives, slides and digital images. UN photos acquired since May 2004 and a selection of historical photos are included in the digital photo database. Earlier accessioned photos are being incrementally digitized and added to the database.

The UN Photo website contains a selection of images from the UN photo collection. It can be searched by keywords or browsed by categories and special subject galleries. (Click here for information on how to request high-resolution digital photos online.) To request UN photos that are not available on this web site, please contact the Photo Library.


The Photo Library provides information, reference and research services to users by telephone, fax, e-mail, and in person. Requests are fulfilled in the order received. For inquiries, please contact the Photo Library.

Clients may visit the Photo Library in person to do their own research in the photo archives and/or to search the digital photo database through the two public access terminals at their disposal. Service is on a first come, first served basis. Research assistance is provided upon request.


The Photo Library is open between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Users with a valid UN ID may visit the Photo Library without notice. However, for extensive research projects, making a prior appointment is advised.

All other research visits are arranged by appointment only. (Click here for more information on how to schedule a visit to the Photo Library.)


UN Photo Library
Department of Public Information
Room S-1047
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-963-0034
Fax: 212-963-1658
Click here to e-mail the Photo Library

Visits to the Photo Library:
UN Photo Library
10th floor, Room S-1047
United Nations Headquarters
New York, NY 10017