The Museum of Modern Art 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 (from 1830 for photography). The Library’s holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 1,000 periodical titles, and over 40,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups.

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, pamphlet files, artists’ books, special collections materials, and electronic resources. Primary source collections are held by the Museum Archives, a separate department. The Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).

Winter 2018 Closure
The MoMA Library will be closed for two weeks at the end of December.

Temporary Spring 2019 Closure
In order to focus our staff and other resources on the Museum’s extensive renovation and construction project, the Archives, Library, and Research Collections will close to the public in February 2019 for several months. Exact dates for the scheduled closure will be available in the fall. We are aware of the inconvenience this temporary closure may pose to your research, and hope you understand why this is necessary during this busy and exciting period for us. For further questions about how to best plan for your needs prior to February, please email