Museum Library

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The Library is temporarily closed due to upcoming relocation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Future of the Library

Exciting changes are coming to the Library! As part of a series of major capital improvements planned throughout the Museum, the Library will be moved in the fall of 2022. View our Library FAQs page, which includes dates for when this project will be completed.

To reach a librarian, call 508.793.4382 or email


Library materials may be consulted on-site in our Reading Room, by appointment only. Museum staff, docents, studio art faculty, and members of the College of the Holy Cross community may borrow books from the library through our automated check-out system.

The collection encompasses all periods and media of art in direct relation to the Museum's permanent collection and exhibitions. Collection strengths include:

  • Exhibition catalogues and accompanying publications
  • Artist files
  • Reference sources
  • Artist illustrated children's literature
  • Artist monographs
  • Art conservation and restoration


Please contact for all scheduling requests and questions relating to library services.

These services can be modified for virtual environments.

Personal Research Sessions

An opportunity for a more in-depth consultation on how to tackle specific research problems, or assistance using specific library resources.

Class Visits

Arrange a time to visit the Library with your students to receive instruction on accessing and using the Library's print and digital collections, or receive instruction on general art research techniques and tools.

Library Tour and Orientation

If you're looking for a simple tour of the layout of the Library and an overview of our collections, this is the perfect fit for you! Group tours or individual orientations are welcome.

Inter-library Loan

For Museum staff, docents, and Education faculty, you may request materials from other libraries by sending citation information to

Worcester Academic Research Collaborative (ARC)

As a member of this collaborative, we share and receive access to collections and resources held by other member libraries. Email to get an ARC borrowing card. Visit the ARC website to learn more and search member library catalogues.

Programs and Events

Story Times

Join us for a story, snack, and small craft in the Library reading room. The whole family is welcome! Check the Museum calendar to find an upcoming story time!

Reading Group

Join our interactive Reading Group for members and staff of the Worcester Art Museum! Each month, we will select one book (fiction or nonfiction) related to any aspect of visual arts to read and discuss together. Learn more about the WAM Members Reading Group


The Worcester Art Museum Library, founded in 1909, is dedicated to the study and enjoyment of the history of art by collecting resources in support of the Museum's mission, exhibitions, and permanent collections. The Library is managed in association with the College of the Holy Cross, a collaboration that began in 2001. The reading room is located in the original Sculpture Gallery of the Museum's 1898 building.