|Library Bookcase, from Chippendale Drawings, Vol. II|
Thomas Chippendale. 1753-54, black ink, gray wash. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Right on 5th Ave and Central Park is our world famous Metropolitan Museum. Halls, galleries and intimate rooms are filled with art treasures from around the world. They have a great collection of 18th century art, decorative art and often have excellent 18th century-themed exhibitions. I have reported on some of their recent exhibitions, their fabulous 18th century Parisian store front, and the breathtaking Wrightsman Galleries.
But tucked inside, almost hidden, is a glass doorway that leads to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's main research library, the Watson Library.
|Inside the library's reading room. Metropolitan Museum of Art.|
|Carlo Galli Bibiena,|
Foreshortening of a Library.
1728-78, Pen and brown ink, brush
and gray wash over traces of leadpoint.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
All of the librarians I met were enthusiastic, welcoming and clearly love their job (who wouldn't!). I had a tour of the library, including the available reading rooms, where you can spread out your research or relax and read a book. Blogging from the reading room? yes, yes, yes. The technology they offer library users was impressive, four high-tech scanners that are self-service and research computer stations and printers as well as wireless for laptop/iPad users.
The registration process for becoming a library user is easy: fill out a simple form online.
|Firescreen panel, Embroidered by |
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.
c1788, cotton embroidered
with silk. The Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
Who uses this library? Researchers from around the world and of course the museum staff. But anyone college-aged is welcome to register as a visiting researcher and take advantage of this hidden gem!
So if you haven't visited the library at the Met before, you may want to stop in, if you can find it- hidden just to the left before the main staircase.