The library is open by request Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please direct email inquiries to or call 202.243.3953.

The Library contains over 38,000 items that consist primarily of: monographs, auction catalogs, rare and antiquarian materials, Marjorie Merriweather Post’s book collections, periodicals, electronic resources, and vertical and ephemeral files. The holdings of the library reflect the museum’s collection of imperial Russian and 18th- and 19th-century French decorative arts.

Because of the fragile and unique nature of the collections, materials are used onsite only. Scanning, photography, and photocopying are allowed depending on the condition of the selected material.

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