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Nolen Library is open to all Museum visitors and welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and the history of art. Nolen Library’s collection of over ten thousand items, arranged on open shelves, includes general histories of art, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogs, periodicals, graphic novels, and art-related videos. The library also offers wireless access, color scanners, and onsite access to extensive online resources. All material must be used in the library. Nolen library is located in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on the ground floor near the Museum’s 81st Street entrance.
- Search for material in WATSONLINE, the online catalog of the Museum’s libraries.
- Explore the Digital Collections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries, a growing repository of digitized material.
- Find information on works of art in the Museum by consulting the Collection, the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, and Museum collection and exhibition catalogs, many of which are available online at MetPublications or in the libraries’ Digital Collections.
Children’s Reading Room
The Children’s Reading Room in Nolen Library features a collection of over 500 picture books, an array of books in world languages, as well as computers that provide art-related games, activities, and stories. Storytime in Nolen Library is offered for families with children ages 18 months–7 years throughout the week.
Materials for Educators
Nolen Library provides curriculum resources and other material to assist educators in planning class visits and in incorporating art and art history into their teaching. Upon registration on-site, current teachers and community group leaders may check out these materials.
Many curriculum resources, lesson plans, and pre-visit guides may be downloaded from the Met’s website. Some educational materials may be purchased in The Met Store. Materials for children, including a family guide about the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, are also available.
Teachers may arrange to bring groups to the library by appointment. Please contact the library in advance.
Contact us: For more information, please call 212 570-3788, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Visitors and Museum Staff: Monday–Friday 10 am–5 pm; Saturday–Sunday 12 pm–5 pm.
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