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Watson Library Reservations

Date and Time

Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Two hour appointments starting at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM


The Met Fifth Avenue

Thomas J. Watson Library



  • Advanced reservations with free timed ticketing are required to visit Watson Library. No walk-ins allowed.
  • Watson’s on-site services are limited to five researchers at a time. Reservations are in two-hour periods, 10:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 3:30. Please select the start time of your two-hour appointment.
  • Please review visitor guidelines before your appointment.
  • You must be a registered Watson Library researcher in order to make an appointment. If you are not registered, you can register here.
  • Researchers are limited to one appointment per week.
  • You will receive an email with a QR code to enter the museum. The email will also include a request link to submit your book requests.
  • Please submit your book requests at least one week in advance of your confirmed research appointment.

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