The Kimbell Art Museum Library was established in 1967, with offices located in downtown Fort Worth. When the museum opened in 1972, the Library moved into the new Kahn Building. The Library's strongest area of collecting, corresponding to the museum's collection policy, is European art from the Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century, followed by Asian art from antiquity to the nineteenth century, Mediterranean antiquities, Western medieval art, Ancient American art, and African art. The Library acquires not only domestic publications, but also foreign sets of artist monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogues, general art history books, and conservation materials. Since the Museum opened, the Library has played an important role in providing to curators and educators research materials related to the Museum's object acquisitions, exhibitions, and programs.
The Library holds one of the best scholarly art research collections in the Southwest.
The Library is located in the Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum. Its collection is noncirculating and primarily serves the museum's staff and docents, but it is also available to art historians, especially faculty and graduate students from surrounding universities, by appointment only. Please contact us for more information.
Books and Periodicals
The Library's collection consists of 50,000 books, 6,000 bound periodicals, with current subscriptions to 100 periodicals and 14,000 auction catalogues.
The Library's collection includes nearly 23,000 microfiche, including the Witt Library Collection, the Deloynes Collection, and out-of-print titles.
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The library is a member of The Cultural District Library Consortium (CDLC). The CDLC, formed in 1996, has a collection of approximately 120,000 records contributed by the participating museum libraries in Fort Worth, Texas.