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Phx Art Museum Gene and Cathie Lemon Art Research Library Visit and Book Covers Meeting

Posted by Editor on November 19, 2008

 Six  of us visited the library and engaged in a delightful and informative meeting of the Book Covers Book Club where we learned a great deal about FASHION!  The Museum’s librarian, Sandra Wiles, presented a highly entertraining talk about Book Covers 11-18-2008, titles in her collection on this topic.  Interestingly, three were about the “little black dress” and other essentials of fashion, one about stripes (!), others about forgotten fashions, accessories, and style casualties. The meeting coincided with the exhibition called One for All, and All for One–The Jumpsuit, which we all enjoyed following the meeting.

Sandra also told us about her library and its unique services and resources, for which I was very grateful!

Phoenix Art Museum’s Art Research Library is a non-circulating research library with collection strengths that reflect those of the Museum’s art collection. With more than 40,000 books, periodicals, artist files and more, the Library serves as an important resource for the community and state as the largest specialized fine arts library in the region. The public is invited to use the resources of the Art Research Library, free of charge, during public hours.

Library Hours

Tues-Thurs, 10am – 4pm
(Closed month of August)

The Art Research Library provides the following services to the public:

  • Research Assistance to visitors.
  • Telephone reference, brief biographical information provided, at (602) 257-2136.
  • Referral to additional resources.

Online search of the Library’s catalog

The Museum’s Art Research Library does not lend out its holdings. If you are a local resident, you may visit the Museum’s Art Research Library during its public hours and use its resources. If you are not a local resident, the search will help you identify titles that you may want to borrow from your local public or university library.

You may borrow books listed as Phoenix Public Library holdings if you have a valid library card.

Art Research Library Holdings Online

More about the Library’s collections

The Library’s collections include materials on art criticism and art history with emphasis in Asian, Latin American, Western American, European, Modern & Contemporary, and Fashion Design.

The Book Club meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm for an hour.  Tuesdays are free admission days and the cafe is lovely.  I plan to make a habit of attending!

MANY thanks, Sandra for your warm and fun hospitality!


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