About the Research Library
Established in 1962, the Clark library has become one of the major art reference and research libraries in the country. Focusing on post-medieval European and American art, the collection is outstanding in the Italian and Northern Renaissance, Baroque, and French nineteenth-century fields and is well balanced in other areas. A recent grant has helped to expand collections of contemporary Asian, African, and Latin American art. The library's resources include approximately 230,000 books, bound periodicals, and auction sales catalogues, with current journal subscriptions numbering around 650.
Founded on the libraries of the former firm of Duveen Brothers (New York) and of the late Dutch art historian W. R. Juynboll, the Clark also holds an important collection of books on the decorative arts given by Mary Ann Beinecke and a collection of works on early twentieth-century art (with particular strengths in Dada and Surrealism) given by George Heard Hamilton, former director of the Institute. Robert Sterling Clark's outstanding collection of rare books is notable for its illustrated books, fine bindings, and literature in rare editions. In addition, the library holdings include a collection of twentieth-century artists' books.
The library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), a worldwide library service and research organization that includes 60,000 member libraries in 112 countries and territories, and of RLG Programs, a research and development group within OCLC.
Arranged in open stacks, the library is non-circulating outside the premises but study areas are available throughout its four floors. Terminals giving access to the online catalog and an extensive suite of electronic databases are available on all floors.
The library is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please call 413-458-0532 or e-mail The Library.