Museum

Thomas J. Watson Library

The Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Watson Library

    REGISTER HERE
    to use the Library

    For Visitors:
    Monday-Thursday
    10:00-5:15
    Friday 10:00-6:00
    Saturday 10:00-5:00

    For Museum Staff:
    Monday-Friday 9:00-6:00
    Saturday 10:00-5:00

    Paging ends
    at 3:30pm on weekdays
    at 1:30pm on Saturdays
    See paging times.

    See Access and Hours for more detailed information and Holiday Closings.
    (212) 650-2225

  • Nolen Library

    For Visitors:
    Daily 10:00-5:00

    For Museum Staff:
    Monday-Friday
    9:00-5:00
    Saturday-Sunday
    10:00-5:00

    See the Nolen Library page for more detailed information.
    (212) 570-3788

About

The Thomas J. Watson Library, the central library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, acquires, provides access to, and preserves research materials concerning the history of art and related disciplines.

The primary mission of the library is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of researchers. Watson Library’s collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Description of Collection
Access and Hours
History
Collection Development Policies
Services
Suggestions

Staff Directory
Central Catalog

Library’s location in the Museum
Selected purchases with funds provided by Friends Of Thomas J. Watson Library
Watson Library Digitization Projects
Online Catalog – WATSONLINE

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