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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

  • Jasper Johns Museum Lookalikes Part I - Lately, we’ve been having some fun identifying museum lookalikes:  these are people on our staff or volunteer corps who bear a striking resemblance to an artist or artwork in the Crystal Bridges collection.   Today’s lookalike comes from Library Director Catherine Petersen.  Are there any museum lookalikes in your life?? –LD   Here’s our evening and... Read more »
  • After: January 2014. 
Samuel Kilbourne, Red Snapper from Game Fishes of the United States (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1879), 1879 – 1880, Chromolithograph, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Library, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Heugh-Edmondson Conservation Services, LLC. Cleaning the Fish - Fish Stories is a temporary exhibition featuring 20 color prints from Game Fishes of the United States, 1879 -1880, illustrated by Samuel A. Kilbourne (1836-1881), which is in the collection of the Crystal Bridges Library.  The exhibition is on view through September 21.    When I first discovered Game Fishes of the United States among the Library’s rare... Read more »
  • A Passover Haggadah 
Edited by Herbert Bronstein for the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Drawings by Leonard Baskin.
New York: Grossman Publishers, 1974. Haggadahs for Passover from the Museum Library - Saturday, April 4, begins the celebration of Passover.  We encourage your to visit the Museum Library and view one of the several Haggadahs including one of the most stunning modern interpretations, Haggadah for Passover illustrated by Ben Shahn, 1965. A first edition, signed copy #66 of only 228 copies. The spectacular double-page Menorah frontispiece is... 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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