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Thomas J. Watson Library (Met)

Thomas J. Watson Library (Met)

The Thomas J. Watson Library is the research library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its non-circulating collection of books and periodicals relating to the history of art is one of the most comprehensive in the world. The scope of the library reflects the museum’s permanent collection, with particularly strong holdings in European and American art—including architecture and the decorative arts—as well as substantial holdings in Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, and Islamic art. The library contains approximately 600,000 volumes (books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and auction and sale catalogues); 2,500 current serial subscriptions; collections of autograph letters; and extensive ephemera files relating to individual artists and to the history of the Metropolitan Museum.

The Thomas J. Watson Library’s primary mission is to serve the Museum’s staff. It also serves an international community of scholars. Watson Library welcomes visiting researchers who are college-level or older. All visiting researchers must register and must show photo I.D. to receive a Reader’s Card. All bags larger than 9 x 12 x 3 in., laptop cases, and coats must be checked at the Coat Check before coming to the library.

WATSONLINE is the online catalogue of the Thomas J. Watson Library; the catalogue provides access to the records of Watson Library’s holdings, including periodicals, a substantial portion of the library’s thousands of auction/sales catalogues, and records for partial holdings of other libraries in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You may access WATSONLINE at the following URL opacmenu.html