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.


The Mary R. Schiff Library, located on the third floor of the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum (the former Art Academy building), also houses the Art Museum Archives and ArtSource: the Beverly Petrie Memorial Teacher Resource Center. 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).


View the 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.


Library Hours (open to the public):

Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.*
Open 2nd Saturday of every month, September - June


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

August 25, 2015

September 22, 2015

November 17, 2015

February 23, 2016

April 26, 2016

June 28, 2016

August 23, 2016


** The Library will be CLOSED Thursday, October 15, 2015



Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639.2978





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