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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. The primary mission of the library is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it welcomes a broad range of students and researchers college age and above.


The library contains more than 900,000 volumes of books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and auction catalogues; 11,000 periodical titles; collections of autograph letters; and files relating to individual artists and to the history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

For more information, call 212-650-2225 or email watson.library@metmuseum.org.

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