Welcome to the Art Reference Library of the North Carolina Museum of Art. From its beginnings in a secretary’s office when the Museum opened in downtown Raleigh in 1956, the Museum Library has grown to house over 40,000 volumes.
The Museum Library serves as a research-oriented, noncirculating collection, and its core holdings include the personal collection of the Museum’s first director, Dr. William Valentiner. The holdings reflect the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibitions held in the past and present, and the history of art. In addition to books, patrons can access periodicals, artists’ files, auction catalogues, and electronic resources.
- Assistance with researching works in the Museum’s permanent collection.
- Bibliographic or historic information about specific artists or periods.
- Information about upcoming exhibitions.
- Other art-related inquiries.
The Museum Library does not authenticate or give valuations of works of art or out-of-print books.
Location and Hours
Found on Level O of East Building, the Museum Library is open to the public Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm. The Library is closed on Mondays and designated holidays. Parking at the Museum is free.