Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Thomas J. Watson Library is a world-renowned research collection with over 800,000 volumes.

It is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s central research library, and its mission is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of scholars. Holdings reflect the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, with emphasis on European and American art, architecture, and decorative arts, ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, and Is

It is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s central research library, and its mission is to support the research activities of the Museum staff; in addition, it serves an international community of scholars. Holdings reflect the Museum’s encyclopedic collections, with emphasis on European and American art, architecture, and decorative arts, ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, and Is

Operating as usual

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09/01/2021
Beyond Beauty: Shiseido and Hanatsubaki Magazine

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Published by cosmetics company Shiseido for nearly 100 years, Hanatsubaki is a mesmerizing record of Japanese style and culture.

Read all about Watson's gradual reopening in our latest blog post #InCirculation #MetLibrary
08/18/2021
The Met's Watson Library Reopens Its Doors

Read all about Watson's gradual reopening in our latest blog post #InCirculation #MetLibrary

Researchers can once again access The Met's Watson Library in person

Who doesn't love database maintenance?!! Check out our latest blog post about some of the data work we've been up to rec...
08/04/2021
The Library Catalog Gets a Makeover

Who doesn't love database maintenance?!! Check out our latest blog post about some of the data work we've been up to recently. #InCirculation #MetLibrary

A glimpse behind the veil of The Met library's catalog.

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07/21/2021
Telling Stories with Library Data

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See how The Met’s Watson Library uses data visualizations

Check out our latest blog post about tarot cards (and books about tarot) in Watson Library #InCirculation #TarotCards #T...
07/07/2021
It’s in the Cards (Catalog)

Check out our latest blog post about tarot cards (and books about tarot) in Watson Library #InCirculation #TarotCards #TarotReading

Explore the tarot cards of The Met’s Watson Library

Our latest blog post looks at the incredible remote work our volunteers and interns have engaged in while the library ha...
05/12/2021
Team Spirit: Watson Volunteers and Interns Rally During COVID

Our latest blog post looks at the incredible remote work our volunteers and interns have engaged in while the library has been closed #incirculation

Associate Manager for Collection Development and Special Collections Holly Phillips discusses some of the projects Watson Library volunteers have worked on remotely during the shutdown

Our latest blog post just went live - it's about MARC record sets we are sharing through GitHub :O #incirculation
04/28/2021
Steal This MARC Record: Sharing Through GitHub

Our latest blog post just went live - it's about MARC record sets we are sharing through GitHub :O #incirculation

Metadata and Collections Librarian William Blueher discusses how Thomas J. Watson Library is sharing large record sets with other libraries

For #BlackHistoryMonth our blog posts are looking at ways Watson Library is working to enhance our collection of works b...
02/18/2021
Celebrating Black History Month with Watson Library’s Growing Collection of African American Publications

For #BlackHistoryMonth our blog posts are looking at ways Watson Library is working to enhance our collection of works by and about black artists. #incirculation

Associate Manager for Collection Development and Special Collections Holly Phillips and Associate Manager for Finance and Administration Angela Washington talk about Watson Library's continued efforts to expand its collection of books by and about African American artists

Our latest blog post looks at what it is like to return to work after months of being away #incirculation
01/20/2021
Returning to Work at The Met’s Watson Library

Our latest blog post looks at what it is like to return to work after months of being away #incirculation

Senior Library Associate Amy Hamilton discusses what it was like to return to work at The Met's Watson Library

Check out our latest blog post about coffee-related books in our collection :) #incirculation
12/10/2020
Espresso Yourself

Check out our latest blog post about coffee-related books in our collection :) #incirculation

Assistant Museum Librarian for Reader Services Jessica S. Ranne Cardona discusses books about coffee in Watson Library

10/28/2020

Our latest #metlibrary150 post looks at the history of our Digital Collections #incirculation

Our latest blog post - honoring our many wonderful volunteers - just posted #incirculation #MetLibrary150
09/30/2020
Honoring Watson Library Volunteers

Our latest blog post - honoring our many wonderful volunteers - just posted #incirculation #MetLibrary150

Manager for Library Administration Sophia Alexandrov interviews a number of Watson Library's volunteers about their experiences at The Met

Our latest blog post features Watson's staff picking their favorite books! #incirculation
09/16/2020
Watson Library Staff Picks

Our latest blog post features Watson's staff picking their favorite books! #incirculation

Associate Manager for Collection Development and Special Collections Holly Phillips discusses the books Watson Library staff selected as their favorites

Our latest #MetLibrary150 post just went up - enjoy!
08/07/2020
Artists' Publications Study Collection

Our latest #MetLibrary150 post just went up - enjoy!

Florence and Herbert Irving Associate Chief Librarian Tony White discusses Watson Library's growing collection of artists' books

The Met Archives is thrilled to announce that they are publishing a biannual newsletter! The inaugural issue, to be publ...
08/03/2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met Archives is thrilled to announce that they are publishing a biannual newsletter! The inaugural issue, to be published online in August, highlights the digitized business records of the Kleinberger Galleries (a dealer of old master paintings and drawings active in Paris and New York during the 19th and 20th centuries), the Francis Henry Taylor Records (The Met’s fifth director), Met oral histories, and more. The newsletter shares news and information about the Museum's history, their collections, programs, and special projects. Sign up now!

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Our latest blog post interviews five Watson staff members who have - collectively - worked at The Metropolitan Museum of...
07/22/2020
#150 Years of Met Librarians

Our latest blog post interviews five Watson staff members who have - collectively - worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York for over 150 years! This is part of our #MetLibrary150 series - enjoy!

Metadata and Collections Librarian William Blueher interviews five librarians who have, collectively, worked at The Met for over one hundred-fifty years

Our latest blog post  looks at some of the amazing artists who use our collection 🎨🎨🎨 (link in bio) #metlibrary #artists...
06/11/2020

Our latest blog post looks at some of the amazing artists who use our collection 🎨🎨🎨 (link in bio) #metlibrary #artists #artistsinlibraries #artandbooks #artist #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artistoninstagram #libraryinspo #libraryinspiration #inspirelibrary #artistsandbooks #artandlibraries #workingartist #workingartistinprogress #workingartists
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Our latest #MetLibrary150 post looks at artists who use our collection - enjoy! #incirculation
06/10/2020
Watson Library Is for Artists

Our latest #MetLibrary150 post looks at artists who use our collection - enjoy! #incirculation

Slavic and Special Collections Librarian Jared Ash discusses how artists use the Thomas J. Watson Library collection

Our latest #MetLibrary150 just went live - it looks at the history of the Robert Goldwater Library #incirculation
05/27/2020
The History of The Robert Goldwater Library

Our latest #MetLibrary150 just went live - it looks at the history of the Robert Goldwater Library #incirculation

Museum Librarian for Collection Development Ross Day discusses the history of the Robert Goldwater Library

Learn more about our recent collaboration with Onestar Press (spoiler alert: a lot of artists' books can be viewed in fu...
05/20/2020
Artists' Books Online: The Onestar Press Catalogue

Learn more about our recent collaboration with Onestar Press (spoiler alert: a lot of artists' books can be viewed in full online!) #incirculation

Librarians Ken Soehner and William Blueher discuss the release of the onestar press catalogue online as PDFs

Find out about all the online resources you can access from home!
04/22/2020
Staying Connected: Watson Library Web Resources

Find out about all the online resources you can access from home!

Florence and Herbert Irving Associate Chief Librarian Tony White and Metadata and Collections Librarian William Blueher provide a guide to Watson Library online resources

"I arrived at Watson Library for a job interview in late summer 1982. I was twenty-eight years old and this was my first...
03/30/2020
Reminiscences of a Bookbinder

"I arrived at Watson Library for a job interview in late summer 1982. I was twenty-eight years old and this was my first formal interview, although I had previously worked as a hand bookbinder at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. I was freshly back from a year-long course in fine bookbinding and restoration at the Camberwell School of Arts and Craft in London. My interviewer was Chief Librarian William Walker, and the position title was Restorer. This position was the lone position in the library's bindery. The person hired would replace Nancy Russell, who had been here for seventeen years. Amazingly, I was hired the very next day and started shortly after." -- Mindell Dubansky #InCirculation #Met150 #MetLibrary150

Museum Librarian for Preservation Mindell Dubansky discusses the history of book conservation at The Met

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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. Public Hours:

Weekdays: Monday–Friday 10 am–5:15 pm; book retrieval until 3:30 pm. Request from home and you will be notified by email when your books are available (except for Special Collections books, which will be retrieved when you come to Watson Library).

Saturdays: 10 am-5 pm; book retrieval until 2:45 pm; Reference services 1-5 pm. We do not retrieve books from Departmental Libraries on Saturdays.

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