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Museum Studies: Books

This purpose of this guide is to facilitate research in the area of museum studies.

E-book access during the COVID-19 Crisis

NYU Libraries' physical buildings are currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you are looking for a digital version of a book, here are some steps you can take to search for access. 

  1. Search Bobcat under Books and More to see if Online Access for the book is already available. 
  2. Search by title of the book in any of the databases listed in the boxes below to see if e-book access is provided there. 
  3. Email Giana Ricci, Librarian for the Fine Arts, at, to see if there are other ways to access the book electronically.  

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Want to browse the stacks by call number? NYU Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. Here is a general list of Library of Congress call numbers for books related to museum studies and collecting. For more specific call number ranges, perform a keyword search in the library catalog to find a sample call number related to your topic. Remember that many books related to museum studies may only be available electronically. 

AM1-501           Museums. Collectors

                         and Collecting

AM10-100         By country

AM 111-160       Museology. Museum

                         methods, technique,


AM 200-501     Collectors and


Research Tip: Museum Publications

When searching for a museum publication in Bobcat, search for the museum name using quotes and the artist name or exhibition title. This will search the words as a complete phrase rather than as separate words. 

i.e. "museum of modern art" and faith ringgold. 

E-book Databases with Art and Humanities Content

Museum Studies Reference Books