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What will you discover in the MIA Library?

From artist catalogues raisonnés to special collections, the vast research treasures in the MIA Library can best be experienced by visiting the museum. Begin by searching the Library Catalogue, but know that there are hundreds of uncataloged items embedded in the library, “hidden collections” also available to you. Come explore your interests today.

Established with the museum’s opening in 1915, the MIA’s Art Research & Reference Library is one of the Midwest’s premiere research centers dedicated to the study of art. The library’s holdings provide special collection and rare printed materials as well as digitized texts/images and online research tools. Spanning the world’s history of art, the library’s remarkable collection of more than 60,000 volumes continues to grow.

Location & Hours

reading-roomLocated on the first floor of the Michael Graves-designed Target wing, the Art Research and Reference Library Reading Room is free and open to the public.

Regular Library hours and telephone reference assistance:
Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

The library will be closed Tuesday, December 23, 2014  through Friday, January 2, 2015.

(612) 870-3117

Reading Room

In the Reading Room, visitors may access a wealth of information in a warm, welcoming place. Available materials include reference books, monographs, histories, catalogues raisonnés, oeuvre catalogues, museum collection and exhibition catalogues, commercial gallery catalogues, auction catalogues, survey books, indexes and international art periodicals.

Connect with most loved works of art in the MIA’s collection via object research files. Keep current with your favorite art periodicals. Seek creative inspiration through a stellar collection of art books.

Library Affinity Group

As a member of the Library Affinity Group you will:

  • Receive invitations to lectures and events.
  • Get the inside scoop on departmental news and acquisitions.
  • Enjoy special opportunities to socialize with others who have similar passions.
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