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Getting Started at the Thomas J. Watson Library

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Getting Started at Watson Library

  • Enter the Museum at the main entrance. Visit the Reception Desk to your left for a pass to Watson Library.
  • Arrive at Watson Library. Sign in at the Registration Desk and show us your photo ID to get your library card.
  • Check your coat and bag (including laptop cases) in a library locker.
  • Your books will be on open shelves in the Reference Room shelved alphabetically by last name. They are already checked out to you, ready to use.
  • The books can be returned to the same open shelves and will be held for one week. If you need to extend the hold, please notify the Circulation Desk.
  • Four free self-service scanners are available. You may scan to email, a flash drive or to print (Nolen library only).
  • Return all books that you are done using to the Circulation Desk.
  • Librarians are available to assist you at the Reference Desk; at 212-650-2225 or at