Thomas J. Watson Library

The Libraries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Watson Library

    to use the Library

    For Visitors:
    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:

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

Filed under: Met Libraries

Nolen Library

Nolen Library Hours and Access

Daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Museum Staff:
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed on national and staff holidays, including Lincoln’s birthday, Election Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving weekend; the library closes at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays before holiday weekends.

Telephone: (212) 570-3788

The Nolen Library in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education is open to all Museum visitors and welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of noncirculating materials about the Museum’s current exhibitions, permanent collection, and art history in general.

The collection of some 8,000 items, arranged in open shelves, includes books, picture books, DVDs and videos (with viewing equipment).  The library’s holdings are cataloged in WATSONLINE, the Museum libraries’ online catalog.  The library is equipped with laptops for research, wireless access, color scanner, and access to the libraries’ subscription electronic resources.  It is located on the Ground Floor near the Museum’s  81st St. entrance.
Library’s location in the Museum.

Nolen Library Collection Development Policy.

Upcoming Nolen Library Programs and Events

Children’s Reading Room
The Children’s Reading Room features a collection of books for young readers and computers with art-related games and stories.
Nolen Library Games & Activities - Explore art-related games and activities from The Met and other institutions.

Materials for Teachers
The Nolen Library houses a variety of materials to assist teachers and other education specialists.  These materials may be checked out to registered teachers and community group leaders upon registration.  See Borrowing Policy for teacher material.

Teachers may arrange to bring groups to the library by appointment.  Contact to inquire about arranging a visit to the library.

Borrowing Policy for teacher materials:
Registered teachers and community educators may borrow up to three items for three weeks.  Teachers may register in the Nolen Library with a valid ID showing school affiliation or with a letter on letterhead from a supervisor.

Reference Questions
Nolen Library staff will provide brief responses to questions about the Museum’s collection and events related to the Museum.  Please email

Storytime in Nolen Library

Toddler Storytime, for families with children ages 18 months–3 years, is held  Monday-Friday from 10:30am-11:00am. Toddlers look, listen, and have fun with a variety of picture books.

Storytime, for families with children ages 3–7,  is held Monday-Friday from 3:00pm-3:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm.  Each session books are read from a monthly theme that relates to the Museum’s collections.  Afterwards, families can go on an optional self-guided treasure hunt in the galleries to view objects related to the stories read.

Space is limited. First-come, first-served.

Please visit for full schedule.