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  • The Worcester Art Museum Library

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    Hours & Information
    History
    Using the Library
    Online Catalog
    Research Tools
    Digital Collections
    Holdings
    Donations
    Brochure

    Friends of the Library

    The group meets four times a year and enjoys behind-the-scenes programs and special speakers.

    Book Club

    We add richness to our book club by having visiting guests, such as authors, curators, conservators, or experts in a related field join our discussions.



    Hours & Information

    Admission to the library is free of charge

    The Museum Library Hours

     

    School Year
    (Labor Day to Memorial Day)
    Wednesday-Friday, 11am-5pm
    Saturday, 10am-5pm

    Summer
    (Memorial Day to Labor Day)
    Wednesday-Friday, 11am-5pm

    Online Catalog

    Research Tools

    Phone: 508.799.4406, x3070
    E-mail at library@worcesterart.org

    History

    The Worcester Art Museum Library, founded in 1909, is a bibliographic resource dedicated to the history of art reflecting the collection strengths of the Museum. The Library is managed in association with the College of the Holy Cross, a collaboration that began in 2001.

    The Library is located on the second floor of the Museum. The reading room is the original Sculpture Gallery in the Museum's 1898 building and houses frequently used monographs and art publications.

    Using the Library

    The Library serves the staff of the Museum, and also extends its resources and services to the community, including teachers, students, faculty, collectors, museum docents, scholars, and the general public. For Worcester area college students the Museum is a stop on the Consortium's shuttle service.

    A photocopier is available ($.15 per page black and white, $.50 per page color) and a printer is attached to our public access computer terminals.

    Online Catalog

    The Library's online catalog provides access to most of the holdings of the Worcester Art Museum Library and the libraries of the College of the Holy Cross, as well as a database of 1700 images from the Museum's permanent collection.

    Research Tools

    Special access to online research tools including:

    Art Resources
    Art Organizations
    Art and Research Libaries
    Worcester Area Libraries
    Exhibition Listings
    Auction Information
    Reference Tools

    Digital Collections

    The library provides on-line access to over 260 early Worcester Art Museum exhibition catalogs. The digitization of the catalogs was provided by the Digital Commonwealth and Boston Public Library and funded by an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant. The digitized exhibition catalogs are available on the Internet Archive.

    Holdings

    The Library's bibliographic collection encompasses all periods and media of art, with an emphasis on European, American, and Asian art. The collection includes:

    The collection is non-circulating.

    Donations

    The Library welcomes both monetary donations and books that could be included in the Library's holdings. The Library accepts books that are in good condition and art related. You may also help the Library by donating a book from our wish list.

    Library Brochure

    Download the Library Brochure for more information on the library.



    Friends of the Library



    The Friends of the Library group was started in 2002 to support and enhance the Library's activities and collections. Its purposes are: to provide and attract new financial support to enrich the basic collections and activities of the Library; to provide and attract special collections, rare books, and manuscripts; to sponsor special projects or programs; to provide a thorough understanding of the Library and its role in the Museum's future; and to serve as a medium through which persons may advance their own intellectual pursuits and share their enthusiasm for books and art.

    The group meets four times a year and enjoys behind-the-scenes programs and special speakers. The group sponsors the triennial art book sale which is the Library's major fund raiser.

    New Friends of the Library members are always welcome! If interested, please email library@worcesterart.org or click the links below.

    Membership Levels

    Reader $50

    Bookworm $100

    Bibliophile $250

    Bibliomaniac $500

     

    FOL Meetings - Noon

    Date

    Topic

    September 17. 2013
    Conference Room

    Helen Ronan, Art Editor for Art History text books.  “Moving from Print to Digital in Art History: The Path from Textbook to Program”.

    November 19, 2013
    Conference Room

    Kristina Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History at Clark University.  “Worcester and the 1924 Dial Collection”.

    January 21, 2014
    Conference Room

    Evelyn Karet, Ph.D.
    The Antonio II Badile Album of Drawings:The Origins of Collecting Drawings in Early Modern Northern Italy

    March 11, 2014
    Conference Room

    S. Leslie Blatt, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Education at Clark University.  Dividing and Delighting, A Discussion of the Paintings of the Neo-Impressionist Movement, Led by Seurat and Signac

     


    Book Club

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    Book Club Meetings- 6:00pm

    Free for Museum Members or free with Museum Admission

    The Museum Library hosts a book club on selected Third Thursdays to discuss a book with an art-related theme or a unique local connection. We add richness to our book club by having visiting guests - including authors, curators, conservators, or experts in related fields - join our discussions.

    We welcome participants to stay for a related public gallery tour after certain programs. Drop in for the book club and/or the tour. 
    If you don't have time to read the book, come anyway for an interesting discussion and an informative tour.

    Come join us for an enjoyable evening!

    Date

    Book

    Speaker

    November 21, 2013
    6pm
    Conference Room

    The Art Forger
    By B. A. Shapiro

    B. A. Shapiro, author of this New York Times best selling literary thriller
    Click here for more info

    January 16, 2014
    6pm book club
    7pm tour
    Library

    The (His) Masterpiece
    By Emil Zola

    Chad Sirois, Communications Manager for Worcester Historical Museum and freelance arts writer

    *February 20, 2014
    6pm book club
    Conference Room

    Cascade
    By Maryanne O'Hara

    Maryanne O'Hara, Author
    Click here for more info

    March 20, 2014
    6pm book club
    7pm tour
    Library

    Leonardo and the Last Supper
    By Ross King

    John Garton,  Assoc. Professor, Clark Univ.,  Art History

    April 17, 2014
    6pm book club
    7pm tour of Knights!
    Conference Room

     The Acts of King Arthur and his Noble Knights
    By John Steinbeck

    Jeffrey Forgeng, Curator Higgins Armory Museum

    May 15, 2014
    6pm book club
    7pm tour
    Library

    Painter from Shanghai: A Novel
    By Jennifer Epstein

    Paul Mahon, Director of WISE, Worcester Institute for Senior Education

     

     

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