Research Library

With over 150,000 items, the museum's library is one of the country's largest research collections focusing on American art. Complementing its collection of published materials, the library provides access to fifteen million original, unpublished documents on microfilm as an affiliated research center of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art. The breadth of its collections enables the library to support the very deepest level of research related to the history of the visual arts in America.

The library welcomes all researchers who are interested in deepening their understanding of the country’s artistic heritage. Anyone can use the library by visiting the reading room during public hours or by contacting us for an appointment at either or 817.989.5040.

Reading Room Services and Usage Guidelines

  • A librarian or archivist is available in the reading room during public hours to assist you. No appointment is necessary during public hours.
  • Photocopies, printouts, and microform copies cost fifteen cents per page beyond first ten. Digital scanning to email or flash drive is free.
  • 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.