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Library Hours (now–May 31)

Second Saturday


Summer Closure

Due to construction, the library will be closed June 3-August 16, 2024. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Special arrangements can be made if you need to consult specific library or archives materials. Library staff can be reached by email [email protected]


Special Hours

The library will close at 1 p.m. on:

  • Thursday, May 30


An appointment is required to use materials from the Archives.

Please email [email protected] to make an appointment.


About the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives

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

The Mary R. Schiff Library is located on the third floor of the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Direct access to the library via the Castellini Foundation entrance, from there take an elevator to the 3d floor.

To ask a question or request an appointment email [email protected] or call 513-639-2978. Please note that all materials are for use in the library only and may not be checked out.


Serving the Community Since 1881

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

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Contact Library & Archives Staff

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639-2978

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