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  • With offices in New York, London, Paris and Berlin, the Bridgeman Art Library is a fee-based archive of fine art images, available both on and offline.
  • A branch of The Smithsonian Institution Libraries, its 70,00 volumes "cover American and European design and decorative arts with concentrations in architecture, graphic design, interior design, ornamental patterns, furniture, wallcoverings, textiles, metalwork, glass, ceramics, and jewelry."
  • Its mission has always been to gather photographs of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts executed between the fourth and the mid-twentieth century by European and American artists to collate with each photograph facts relating to the objects history and present location and to create a comprehensive research library for the study of Western art.
  • The ICP library is the only library in New York City that is dedicated to the practice of photography. It is open to the public by appointment only.
  • This page provides user information for the various libraries at the Met, including the Watson research library, a Teacher Resource Center, a photograph collection, costume library and more.
  • All of the library's holdings--including books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues, and the vertical file--are searchable thorugh the MoMAs online database, DADABASE.
  • For researchers interested in the fine arts, decoration, art history, architectural history, design and theory.
  • Search the catalog, as well as access research guides for various art-related categories.
  • Browse SVA's online catalog of arts & humanities books, as well as audio-visual materials.
  • Open to scholars only, the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library houses "the most comprehensive research collection in the field of twentieth-century American art."

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