The Clark houses one of the most distinguished art research libraries in the country, with more than 280,000 volumes in over 65 languages. Focusing on post-medieval European and American art, the collection is outstanding in the fields of Italian and Northern Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth-century French art, the history of photography, and international contemporary art, as well as theory and visual culture.
The library’s special collections enhance both library and museum holdings. Highlights include the founding collection of Robert Sterling Clark's rare books, the history of photomechanical reproduction, early illustrated printed books, decorative arts and sample books, twentieth- and twenty-first century artists’ books, and archival collections.
Open to the general public as well as to visiting scholars and local students and faculty, the Clark library welcomes all visitors to use its reference and research services. An extensive array of electronic resources and reference materials support scholarly research in the field of Art History. Library staff are dedicated to assisting all users to gain access to the library’s wide-ranging and diverse collections.
The Clark library is currently closed to the public, but we are able to provide reference and research services.
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You are welcome to email the library with reference/research questions.
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving (2 days)
Christmas Eve and Day (2 days)
New Year's Day
Extended hours are available to holders of Clark badges.
Mon-Thurs. 8 am to 11 pm
Friday 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 9 am to 11 pm
With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day the library is open during holidays to anyone eligible for extended hours.