Art/ Libraries and Research Centers

Libraries and Research Centers

A large, modern, sunny room in a library lined with shelves of books; in the center are long rectangular wooden tables with chairs, students with laptops and books are working at the tables A large, modern, sunny room in a library lined with shelves of books; in the center are long rectangular wooden tables with chairs, students with laptops and books are working at the tables

Thomas J. Watson Library

Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world.

Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art

Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art

The Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art brings together renowned scholars, fellows, and curators to research Cubism and modern art within the rich global context of The Met collection.

A modern, well-lit, spacious, and open library with low bookshelves filled with books and large tables for researchers

Nolen Library in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

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 collection, exhibitions, and the history of art.

A gallery filled with glass-fronted shelving filled with art objects from the American Wing; touch screens are mounted along side all the cases

The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art

The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art makes available for inspection those American fine art and decorative art objects that are not currently on view in the Museum galleries and period rooms or that are on loan to other institutions.

A very small library lined with dark wood shelves and tables with green upholstered chairs, arched windows, and a stained glass rosette set high in the far wall

The Cloisters Library and Archives

The Cloisters Library collects research material for the study of medieval art and related topics. The collection of approximately 15,000 volumes encompasses medieval architecture, painting, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, and decorative arts. Works on medieval history and gardens are also collected.

A narrow library with a long dark wood table and glass fronted cabinets, and in the background shelves of books

Study Room for Drawings and Prints

The collection of the Department of Drawings and Prints includes more than 1.2 million prints, 16,000 drawings, and 12,000 illustrated books, as well as an extensive collection of printed ephemera. Most works on paper not on view may be examined by qualified visitors in the study rooms. Also available is a reference library of books on the history of prints and drawings.

A bright, modern, blonde wood library lined with shelves of books and tables with comfortable chairs

The Costume Institute's Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library

The Costume Institute's Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library collection contains 25,000 books and periodicals as well as over 1,500 designer files all pertaining to the history of fashion, haute couture, regional clothing, and costume from around the world, dated from the 16th century to today.

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The Robert Goldwater Library

The Robert Goldwater Library is dedicated to the documentation of the arts of Africa, the Pacific Islands, and native and Precolumbian America. The library contains more than 30,000 volumes and 150 current periodical subscriptions.

A narrow modern library with blonde wood furniture and lined with shelves of books; through an archway, another room lined with books and bookshelves can be seen

The Robert Lehman Collection Library

The library of the Robert Lehman Collection contains approximately 23,000 books, with an emphasis on the arts of the Italian Renaissance; the history and culture of Siena, Italy; the history of frames; and illuminated manuscripts.

A small, brightly lit library filled with shelves of books

Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library

The Joyce F. Menschel Library contains more than 10,000 volumes relating to the history of photography and to the Museum's collection of photographs.

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Study Room for Photographs

The Museum's collection contains approximately 40,000 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium, including 500 photographically illustrated books and albums.

A library with a wall of windows, low shelves with books, low, comfortable leather chairs and tables

The Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art

The Greek and Roman Department's library, the Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art, endowed by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, houses a significant collection of publications and research materials available to scholars by appointment.

A study center with a large blonde wood wrap-around desk and workstations

Antonio Ratti Textile Center and Reference Library

The Antonio Ratti Textile Center is one of the largest, most technically advanced facilities for the study, storage, and conservation of textiles in any major art museum. Its reference library contains approximately 3,400 books and journals devoted to the historical, technical, and cultural study of textiles.

An office with dark wood tables lined with filing cabinets and shelves

Museum Archives

Archives holdings include Board of Trustees records, legal documents, Museum publications, office files of selected Museum staff, architectural drawings, press clippings, and ephemera.