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 Cincinnati Art Museum Archives houses Art Museum records dating from 1875 to the present, and records of the Art Academy of Cincinnati dating from 1868 to 1998.

The Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives Reading Room is open to the public on the third floor of the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum (the former Art Academy building).

Open to the public:

11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday
2nd Saturday of every month, September - June
*Open on New Years Day
Closed at 3:30 p.m:
April 29, 2014
May 27, 2014


Archives are available by appointment only.

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 513.639.2978 or 2977


Click here to view our online catalogue (select location: Cincinnati Art Museum Library). All materials are “library use only” and cannot be checked out.