The Museum 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. Staff are available to help locate relevant collections and materials, or to direct your question to the appropriate department.
The Library's holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogues, 300 periodical subscriptions, and over 40,000 vertical files of announcements and ephemera about individual artists. Collection highlights include works on Dada and Surrealism, The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, and the Political Art Documentation and Distribution (PAD/D) Archive.
DADABASE is the catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art Library and Study Centers. DADABASE includes records for all material in the Library, including books, periodical titles, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, pamphlet files, artists' books, special collections materials, and websites. DADABASE lists materials in diverse media, but the materials themselves are not online. Rather, DADABASE describes what the materials are and where they can be consulted at the Museum. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives.
The Libraries are now located at The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building in midtown Manhattan and at MoMA QNS in Long Island City, Queens.
Location: 11 West 53 Street
The MoMA Manhattan library is located in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 St., part of the Museum complex in midtown Manhattan.
The MoMA QNS library is located at 45-20 33 St. in Long Island City, Queens.
Manhattan library: Wednesday – Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
QNS library: Monday: 11:00am – 05:00pm