Nolen Library Hours and Access
Monday (staff only) 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
(visitors: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
In June, July and August, Nolen Library closes at 5:00 p.m. every day and is closed on Sundays in August.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Nolen Library staff will provide brief responses to questions about the Museum’s collection and events related to the Museum. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytime in Nolen Library
Toddler Storytime, for families with children ages 18 months–3 years, is held Tuesday-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 Tuesday-Friday from 3:00pm-3:30pm. 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.