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The Robert Lehman Collection Library

The library of the Robert Lehman Collection contains approximately twenty-three thousand books, with an emphasis on the arts of the Italian Renaissance; the history and culture of Siena, Italy; the history of frames; and illuminated manuscripts. All of the library's holdings appear in Watsonline, the Museum libraries' online catalog, and most are also accessible to outside researchers through the Thomas J. Watson Library.

Collection Development Policy

The Metropolitan Museum of Art libraries have created the following collection development policy as a planning guide for developing the Lehman Library collection, and to clarify the selection criteria used to build and maintain that collection.

The Robert Lehman Collection Library, located in the Robert Lehman Collection curatorial department, supports the study and exhibition of works of art in the Robert Lehman Collection, one of the most distinguished privately assembled art collections in the United States.

Read the complete policy (PDF)