celebrating 50 years!

The Clark houses one of the most distinguished art research libraries in the country, with more than 295,000 volumes in over 72 languages. From its opening in 1973 the library has grown and changed over the years to accommodate teaching spaces, visual resources, new programs and initiatives, and a never-ending array of new technologies (in addition, of course, to its growing collection of books), always striving to meet the needs of our valued students, scholars, staff, patrons, and researchers.




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.


special collections book of the month

David A. Hanson Collection

[Plates of three- and four-color process printing in Pace Press promotional book].  New York : Pace Press Inc., [1927?]

A brief notice on the first page informs us that this promotional brochure contains “Process printing; sample sheets taken from various creations in process-colors produced by our craftsmen -- Distinctive typography; various modern faces of type, shown with specimens of practical display, borders, ornaments, initials, etc. -- Machine type faces, rules, borders.”

The "Balloon Girl" image above shows an example of the 3-color process, courtesy of Sinclair & Valentine Company, New York City.


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Serving the general public as well as visiting scholars and local students and faculty, the Clark library welcomes all visitors to use its reference and research services and to enjoy its collections. 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 access the library’s wide-ranging and diverse collections.


New Acquisitions Book of the Week

Jacob Lawrence:  Lines of Influence. Editor, Storm Janse van Rensburg. Zurich, Switzerland : Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess ; Savannah, GA : SCAD Museum of Art, 2020.

Jacob Lawrence : Lines of Influence explores the life, work, and legacy of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000): acclaimed painter, storyteller, educator, and chronicler of the mid-20th-century African American experience.  As a celebration of the centennial of the artist's birth, this publication follows the exhibition of the same name, organized by SCAD Museum of Art in fall 2017.  

The exhibition’s first section, 'Relations', traces some of the engagements that shaped Lawrence's personal and professional life and presents his work in dialogue with that of his contemporaries, mentors, and historically significant artists.  Part two, 'Legacy', explores Lawrence's influence on contemporary artists living and working today and those who share similar formal and conceptual concerns. Thematic strands in the original exhibition include the uncovering of historical blind spots, a preoccupation with narrative and storytelling, and the elevation of everyday experiences as symbolic markers.



The library is open without appointment. Hours are:
Monday - Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

All are welcome to email the library with reference/research questions.


The library is closed to the public on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
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Memorial Day
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Labor Day
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Thanksgiving (2 days)
Christmas (2 days)


Extended hours are available to holders of a Clark badge or a Reader's Card.  Reader's cards are given by application. Cards may not be appropriate for all applicants but we will always do our best to meet your research needs!

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.