The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Nolen Library

A former student of the prestigious Chapin School, Melissa Vale completed her studies at Princeton University, graduating at the top of her class with a degree in American history. Following her time at Princeton, Melissa Vale became a freelance writer and real estate agent with New York’s Douglas Elliman. In her spare time, she continues to support a number of artistic institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met).

In addition to its various exhibits, the Met hosts the Nolen Library in its Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. Open to all of the museum’s visitors, the Nolen Library features more than 10,000 print materials — including graphic novels, periodical pieces, and monographs — related to the Met’s exhibits.

The Nolen Library also has a Children’s Reading Room with over 500 picture books in a variety of languages. Ideal for children between the ages of 18 months and 7 years old, the reading room also houses computers that contain games, stories, and activities related to the arts. Further, the reading room hosts daily Storytime in Nolen Library sessions for young children and their caregivers.