Access: Visitors are encouraged to consult the material in the library and archives and admission is free. Our collection does not circulate but researchers are welcome to view the material on site. To visit the library and archives without paying museum admission simply request a library pass at the visitor services desk.
Hours: by appointment
Location: The library is located in the Main Museum building on the Library Level (L).
The library collection of over 14,000 volumes including books, serials, and rare books in addition to artist files and auction catalogs is available to researchers for browsing during regular open hours or by appointment. The library’s holdings focus on American and European art, regional artists and craftspeople, contemporary art, and architecture as well as Currier Museum of Art Publications. The rare book collection has strengths in 20th century photography, illustrated herbals, 20th century print portfolios and early 20th century exhibition catalogs.
The Currier’s Archives contain the institutional records of the Museum from its inception in 1914 and opening in 1929 to the present, including exhibition history, press clippings, scrapbooks, photography and architectural plans. Additional material includes personal papers, manuscript collections, director’s and curator’s records, and photographs.
The library and archives staff present two focus exhibitions a year. The Library Gallery located outside the library reading room is open during regular museum hours.