Research at the Carter

The Carter’s research facilities include a library of over 150,000 items, archives with both institutional and private papers, and a Study Room where you can view artwork up close. Plus there is always something exciting on view, from the latest periodicals and rare illustrated books to delicate drawings and archival documents.

Holiday closures: December 23, 2022, through January 3, 2023.

Library and Study Room Hours

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday Closed
Wednesday, Friday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday (September through May) 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Other times by appointment
Shelves of archival boxes are on the left. On the right are two people reviewing archival materials.

The Library is open during public hours with a staff member available to assist you, no appointment necessary.

Materials may not be checked out, but scanning to email or a flash drive is free, as well as photocopies, printouts, and microform under 10 pages (after that a 15-cent charge per page applies).

In the Study Room, you can view special collection objects and artwork not currently on display. We are currently building a new interface for searching and accessing the Carter's art and archives resources; in the meantime please contact us if you'd like to know more about our collection or fill out this form if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Please note that access to the collections at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art does not imply permission to copy, quote, publish, or otherwise make public use of any part of the collection. Researchers assume the responsibility to secure such permissions, including permission from the Carter, prior to use.

Now on view

The Library at the Carter isn’t just a place for research. It’s also a place to explore! Several times a year, themed displays from our book shelves and archive collection are on view for visitors to discover. Here’s what’s on now!

An open book showing a spread of colorful, quilt-like photographs.

Wendy Red Star (b. 1981, Apsáalooke), Wendy Red Star: Delegation, New York, NY: Aperture; Dallas, TX: Documentary Arts, 2022, TR655.R433


November 1, 2022–January 9, 2023

Photographs and books have been intertwined since the invention of photography, but "photobooks" as a term for a distinct kind of object that artistically combines the book format and photographs is relatively new.

The Library holds one of the largest collections of photobooks in the country. This case features a rotating selection of photobooks that demonstrate how photographs and books can come together as art. To learn more about photobooks, read this blog post, More than just a photo album.