Collections: Libraries and Archives

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Plate, Eva

Today when we think of where inventive contemporary design is manufactured, we often think of Italy. This, however, was not always the cas...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Male Figure (Waka Sran)

    This figure most likely embodies a "spirit spouse"—the husband or wife every person is said to have had before birth. Through dreams, ...


    Archives Collections FAQ

    How do I view Brooklyn Museum archival and library digital collections on the web?
    Digital collections, including photographs and selected materials from Brooklyn Museum archival and library collections, are now available on the web.
    What other materials do the libraries and archives hold?
    For general information about the holdings in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, please visit our Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives page.
    What is in the library catalog?
    If you want to search for a specific publication in the Brooklyn Museum Library or are interested in browsing through the library's collection, the Brooklyn Museum's Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) will give you quick access to brief bibliographic records of all the holdings in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives. The OPAC will let you search by fields such as title, author, and subject headings for books, journals, periodicals, and archival collection finding aids.
    What are finding aids?
    Finding aids are guides to the collections of institutional and curatorial records housed in the archives. These guides provide a historical or biographical note about the creator of the records, which could be a department or an individual curator. They also describe the intellectual organization of the records and provide listings of the folders with brief descriptions of the materials in these folders. .
    Where do I find a listing of Brooklyn Museum exhibitions?
    The Exhibition Index can help you verify the title and dates of exhibitions held at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition titles are organized by year and date. You can do a simple keyword search by using the Edit/Search function in your browser or you can scroll down the list of titles or click on a year and go directly to that section in the list. Many index entries are linked to images of the exhibition installation.
    How do I order copies of the digital images and what are the fees?
    Digital images of materials from the Museum Libraries and Archives are available for study and personal use. For permission to reproduce in a publication or online format, please contact the If you are interested in a specific image, please provide the collection name, image number, and caption.
    How do I make an appointment to visit Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives?
    Please visit the library website for information on the collections and making an appointment.
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