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

Nolen Library is open to all Museum visitors, without appointment, and welcomes readers of all ages to consult a wide range of materials about the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and the history of art. The library's collection of over 10,000 items, arranged on open shelves, includes general histories of art, artists' monographs, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, graphic novels, and art-related videos. All material must be used in the library, with the exception of educator resources (see below). The library also offers onsite access to extensive online resources, wireless access, and color scanners.

Children's Reading Room

The Children's Reading Room in Nolen Library features a collection of over 500 picture books and an array of books in world languages, as well as computers with art-related games, activities, and stories. Families with children ages eighteen months through seven years may also enjoy Storytime in Nolen Library, offered almost daily throughout the week. The Children's Reading Room is made possible by the friends of Felicia Blum.

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 onsite registration, current eligible teachers and community group leaders may check out these materials. Some of these educational materials may be purchased in The Met Store

Many curriculum resources, lesson plans, and school group self-guides may also be downloaded from the Museum's website. 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; contact the library in advance.

Collection Development Policy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art libraries have created the following collection development policy as a planning guide for developing the Nolen Library collection, and to clarify the selection criteria used to build and maintain that collection.

The primary mission of Nolen Library is to promote an understanding of The Met’s collections and the broader history of art, through access to print and electronic resources for Museum staff, educators, and visitors of all ages and abilities. To further this mission Nolen Library creates and supports public and targeted-audience programs in collaboration with other museum departments.

Read the complete Policy

For more information about the library, call 212-570-3788 or email

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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.