Library Profiles

The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives comprise one of the largest and oldest art museum libraries in the country. The collection, established in 1823, has been developed to encourage understanding of the Museum's collections and history. Paralleling the Museum's encyclopedic collections, the Museum Libraries and Archives are particularly strong in the arts of the Americas (North and South), Africa, Asia, Ancient Egypt and Islam. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is an important resource for the study of ancient Egypt.

The Frick Art Reference Library's collections relate mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. Known internationally for its rich holdings of auction and exhibition catalogs, many of which are unavailable elsewhere, the Library is a leading site for collecting and provenance research. Its Photoarchive of over 1.2 million photographs documents the history of artworks over time: many are available through the Frick Digital Image Archive.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Library is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The noncirculating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives. Collection highlights include works on Dada and Surrealism, The MoMA/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, and the Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D) Archive.