Library and Study Rooms

Art Research & Reference Library

Established with the museum’s opening in 1915, 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.

Begin by searching the Library Catalogue. There are also hundreds of uncatalogued items embedded in the library.

Located 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. (612) 870-3117.

Note: The Art Research & Reference Library will be closed 10/9/18 from 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. 

Consider supporting the Library by joining the Library Affinity Group.

Print Study Room

The Herschel V. Jones Print Study Room offers individuals and groups the opportunity to examine up close the exceptional collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings. These works of art on paper include woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithographs, screenprints, drawings, watercolors, and artist’s books.

Study hours, by appointment only, are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Please call (612) 870-3105 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Photographs Study Room

The Photographs Study Room offers the opportunity to view original photographs from the museum’s permanent collection not currently on view.

Study hours, by appointment only, are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 pm.

Please call (612) 870-3255 for more information or to schedule an appointment.