Met Museum Makes Hundreds of Catalogues Available Online for Free

Bibliophiles rejoice! The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published 643 books about art and art history online, including the full contents of 368 out-of-print titles from 1964 to the present. The site, MetPublications, is a quick reference guide of some of the museum’s finest publications in their full color glory.

A view of the Met’s 1989 “The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815” catalogue on Google Books.

The Metropolitan also announced today that they plan to expand the online site to eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals published by the museum since its founding in 1870.

Currently in-print titles may be previewed and fully searched online, with links to purchase the books. The full contents of almost all other titles may be read online, searched, or downloaded as a PDF, at no cost. Books can be read and searched through the Google Book program, an initiative, the museum says, to maximize access to the publications.

A unique feature of MetPublications is that many out-of-print books are now available through print-on-demand capabilities, with copies offered for purchase through Yale University Press. Currently 140 titles are available in print-on-demand paperbound copies with digitally printed color reproductions.

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