Research Library

Complementing the museum’s art collection, the research library offers an extensive range of materials on American art, photography, and history from the early nineteenth century to the present. With over 150,000 items, the museum's library is one of the largest collections focused on American art and related subjects in the country. Learn more about the library's collections here.

The library welcomes researchers at all levels who are interested in deepening their understanding of the country’s artistic heritage. Anyone can use the library during the hours listed to the left.

Reading Room Services and Guidelines

  • A librarian or archivist is available at the reading room reference desk during public hours to assist you. No appointment is necessary during public hours.
  • Photocopies, computer printouts, and microform copies cost fifteen cents per page beyond first ten. Digital scanning to email or flash drive is free (please bring your own drive).
  • Public Wi-Fi available.
  • Materials may not be checked out.
  • Museum staff is not permitted to give monetary appraisals or opinions on works of art.
  • Visitors should not bring original artwork into the museum.