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    In Circulation

    In Circulation features in-depth articles and the latest news about the Museum Libraries' wide range of research activities and comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, electronic resources, and ephemera related to the history of art.


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
Library History
Collection Development Policies
Staff Directory
Central Catalog
Social Media Policy

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