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As a member of the Cincinnati Art Museum, you will enjoy special discounts, invitations to exclusive exhibition openings and events, get advanced information on what is new at the museum, discover the excitement behind the scenes and receive many other excellent benefits. Join now!


Open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.*

Also open Second Saturday of every month, September – June

*The Library will close at 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

March 30, 2017
April 25, 2017
July 11, 2017
August 22, 2017

*The Library opens at 3pm and closes at 5pm on July 13, 2017


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(Select Location: Cincinnati Art Museum Library)

Please note that all materials are for use in the Library only and may not be checked out.


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Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items spanning 6,000 years of art history, including decorative arts, fashion and photography. The collection includes books, reference resources such as biographical dictionaries, periodicals, videos/DVDs, ephemera files, auction catalogs and online databases. The Library also has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists.

The Library is open to the public and highly qualified librarians will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. Library staff can also help if you’re looking for information on artwork or artists in the museum’s collection or in your own collection.

Visitors are also welcome to browse the shelves, sit and read in the bright reading room, or enjoy a coffee on the balcony, while taking in the panoramic views of the city. For book lovers, there’s also an ongoing book sale.

The Mary R. Schiff Library is located on the third floor of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Longworth Wing (the old Art Academy building.) Direct access to the Library is via the Castellini Foundation entrance (in front of the Pinocchio sculpture).


Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639-2978



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