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

  • From Point Lace and Diamonds LOVE in the Library: Beyond the Stacks - Don’t let the title get you too excited, although I’m sure there are some good stories to be told about love in the library!  Most of us from back in the day (before the Internet) hold cherished memories of romance in libraries, whether it was the innocent schoolgirl crush on a boy in the public... Read more »
  • books A Word From Our Librarian: Get a head start on your research papers! - I’ve posted on our Museum library resources and how to research before but I thought the timing was right to once again remind students how to approach their research papers early in the semester instead of waiting until the final hour. So many of us put off the dreaded research paper until the end of... Read more »
  • The Crystal Bridges Library Giving Back: A View from the Museum Library - At last count, Crystal Bridges had an active volunteer corps of 681 dedicated, hard-working, and friendly individuals. This post by Library Guide Bob DeGarmo provides a volunteer’s-eye-view of what volunteers contribute to the function and culture of Crystal Bridges, as well as what they gain in knowledge, fellowship, and fun.  It’s also a great reminder to... 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.

For additional Museum Library assistance or reference contact [email protected]