The Library houses materials dating from the sixteenth century to the present and contains approximately 285,000 print and electronic books, periodicals, auction catalogues, and online databases; and over 190,000 cataloged digital images. Reflecting the museum's rich and distinctive collections, the Library's holdings focus on European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art.
The Archives contains 4,252 linear feet of archival materials and serves as the museum’s corporate memory. Documenting the key activities of our directors, curators, and donors since the museum’s founding in 1876, archival collections include the personal papers, research, and manuscript collections of people related to the museum. In total, these collections help tell the stories behind our works of art, exhibitions, events, artists, and the creative communities we serve.