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Crystal Bridges Library is a non-circulating library. Art reference books and resources are available for use in the Museum Library only. Our catalog can be accessed from any computer via the Internet. Subscription resources and e-journals can only be accessed from the Library computers or via wireless Internet access while in the Museum. Computers are available for Library guests, as well as additional stations for laptop use. Please see guidelines for computer use.

Library Blog

  • Everett Shinn
"A French Music Hall," 1906
Oil on canvas Everett Shinn - Today is the birthday of Everett Shinn (1876 – 1953), a member of the Ashcan School of painting spearheaded by Robert Henri. Shinn is best known for his paintings of theatres and New York street scenes.  He also was one of the few artists who worked largely in pastels. He began his career as an... Read more »
  • An Introduction to Crystal Bridges’ Archives - Today is National Ask an Archivist Day!  So we thought we’d ask Crystal Bridges’ Archivist and Cataloger, Valerie Sallis, to provide some information about archives in general and the growing Crystal Bridges archive in particular.  You can read a bit more about the archives here. –LD   The Crystal Bridges Library acquires and maintains archives that... Read more »
  • BOOKS, BOOKS, AND MORE BOOKS! - Mark Your Calendars! Crystal Bridges’ Library Book Sale Member Pre-Sale:  Thursday, June 11, noon to 6 p.m. General Public Sale:  Friday, June 12, noon to  6 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, noon to 3 p.m. The staff in Crystal Bridges’ Library have been working toward our June, 2015, book sale for the past four years! First, nearly 50,000 items... Read more »


The Library welcomes all researchers and guests during the Museum’s public hours. Special Collections and Archives are available for private viewing by appointment only. Read helpful tips from our librarians on how to use the Library to research a work of art or artist.

Museum librarians are available for class instruction sessions and Library class tours are available for any higher education art or art history course. PLEASE SEE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ART RESOURCES AND ART LIBGUIDES for specific course research.

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