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

  • calendar_library_05 Fellowship Opportunity for Teachers! - If you’re an educator who’s been longing to follow up on an ambitious research project to develop resources for your classroom, Crystal Bridges offers a terrific opportunity to develop your ideas. Summer plans for one talented educator this year could include four weeks in residence at Crystal Bridges with a $4,000 stipend from the William Reese Company... Read more »
  • Robin Plate VIII, from Coming up: Love in the Library at the Great Reveal - Come to the February 11th Great Reveal program to feel the love in the Crystal Bridges Library’s collections. The artistic temperament has long been described as passionate—and there are certainly enough romantic tales behind objects in the archives and rare book collection to support that view. Some of these items, like our autographed love poem... Read more »
  • Amy Torbert and friend, taking a break from research at The Hive in 21c Musuem Hotel. Scholarship at Crystal Bridges: A Tyson Scholar’s Perspective - Tyson Scholar Amy Torbert is a little more than half way through her nine-month research residency at Crystal Bridges. For today’s post, she takes time off from her dissertation to offer an inside look at what it’s like to be a Tyson Scholar of American Art. –LD   During the past four years, Crystal Bridges has hosted 15... 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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