Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives

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Library Archives

The Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives


Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items, which covers six thousand years of art and art history. The collection includes books, periodicals, clipping files and online databases. The Library has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists, a broad range of auction house catalogues from the 1900s onward, and an exclusive collection of reference materials.


Click here to view our online catalogue (select location: Cincinnati Art Museum Library).

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


The Library is located on the third floor of the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum (the former Art Academy building). Please feel free to drop by during our opening hours to browse our collection, check out our ongoing book sale, or simply enjoy the panoramic views of the city below from the balcony (weather permitting, of course).


Library Hours (open to the public):

Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.*
*Library closes at 3:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month.
Bonus Hours: The Library is open the 2nd Saturday of every month, September - June.


The Archives

The Cincinnati Art Museum Archives is home to the Museum’s institutional records, which document its history, operation and activities from 1875 to the present. The Archives also maintains the records of the Art Academy of Cincinnati from 1868 to 1998, and collects the records of individuals and organizations important to the history of art in Cincinnati.


Click here to view a selection of finding aids for collections in the Archives.


Please note that an appointment is needed to view material from the Archives.


On their first visit, researchers will be asked to agree to the terms of the Archival Researcher Agreement, which outlines the conditions under which access is granted to the Archives’ collections.


Archive Hours (by appointment):

Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.




Contact Information

For additional information or to book an appointment:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 513.639.2977 or 2978