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Libraries and Archives

Our Libraries comprise one of the largest and oldest art museum libraries in the country. Developed to encourage understanding of the Museum's collections and history, they parallel our global collections and are particularly strong in the arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, ancient Egypt, and the Islamic World. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is an important resource for the study of ancient Egypt. Library Special Collections include a full range of visual and textual documents, from fashion sketches to artist books.

Our Archives contain the primary source documents that detail the history of the Museum and its predecessor institutions. Totaling over 3,200 linear feet of records, they include letters, photographs, bills, layouts, and other documents created by people who worked in all of our departments, from Audiovisual to Visitor Services.

The Libraries and Archives are open by appointment.

Our Libraries and Archives are currently closed, but you can discover our holdings through our Library Online Catalogue and Archives collections. If you have questions about these resources, send us an email, and we’ll do our best to assist you:

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Please consult our citation format when referencing material from the Archives.

Works in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum Libraries may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Therefore, the making of copies, whether by photographs, photocopies, or other reproductions, may be subject to copyright laws. Images may be used only for private study, scholarship, or research. Any other use, including reproduction or publication, requires the permission of the copyright holder.