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

  • Meet the Archivist - I am thrilled to introduce our community to the Museum’s new archivist, Valerie Sallis.  Valerie brings five years’ experience in archives management and digital projects to the Crystal Bridges’ library. Given Valerie’s professionalism and proven skills, we can all look forward to even deeper access to our Museum’s treasured materials!  Valerie shares her interests and... Read more »
  • Josef_Albers Josef Albers - March 19 is the birthday of Josef Albers. Albers is best known for his Homage to the Square series, featuring various colored squares, one within another, that demonstrate the interactions of colors. He worked in a number of other media, including stained glass, prints, drawings, mosaic, and furniture—but his true métier was color.   Born... Read more »
  • Audio Tour = Access: Knowledge and Voice - Of all the purposes a museum serves, which is the most important? This a hard question, and no doubt many would disagree as to which function is most valuable. But several will always be at the top. One of these important functions is the idea of access. Art needs an audience in order for it... 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]