As one of the major art reference libraries in the United States, we house materials dating from the 1400s to the present.
The approximately 285,000 auction catalogs, books, e-books, ephemera, periodicals, and online database subscriptions in the library reflect the museum’s collections, which 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.
We also provide the public with access to the museum’s images.
The Library is open to the public with a free Researcher’s Pass which can be obtained from the guard at the Perelman Building entrance.
All materials, regardless of location, require advance paging which occurs twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The Library is a closed-stack (non-browsing), non-circulating collection.
Digital images may be taken with a camera, cell phone, or tablet (without flash). Additionally an overheard book scanner is available free of charge. Researchers may bring their own portable USB or send scans via email.
Explore the rich history of design at the museum from its beginnings to the present day. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Designs for Different Futures, this installation showcases design-related materials from the museum’s Library and Archives. A particular emphasis is placed on historical exhibitions and projects that display the themes of innovation and social engagement present in today’s cutting-edge design.
Rick Sieber, Librarian for Reader Services