The Library provides the highest quality of access to resources and services, as well as commitment to the highest ethical standards for privacy, copyright, intellectual freedom, and preservation of information.

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

  • Jim Everett A Shared Experience: Crystal Bridges Book Clubs - I received a nice bonus to my new job as Assistant Reference Librarian when given the opportunity to lead the Boundless Book Club. I have now led a couple of the club meetings and am starting to get a feel for what makes for a successful evening. I am new to this; I had never... Read more »
  • Apartments Architectural Gifts to the Library - After attending the Library Great Reveal on nineteenth-century architecture this summer, Andy and Barb Ballestra donated a wonderful, rare architectural publication from 1933 to the Museum Library:  number 93 of 300 printed elephant folios titled The Architectural Work of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, Chicago : and Their Predecessors, D.H. Burnham & co., and Graham,... Read more »
  • John James Audubon John James Audubon, Part 1 - In September, Crystal Bridges will exhibit an oil painting by John James Audubon, created in 1826 while the artist was in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The painting depicts a family of wild turkeys: male, female, and seven chicks. It was based upon the individual watercolor paintings of the male and female turkeys that Audubon had already made... 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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