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Art Reference Library

The TMA Reference Library is an art research library that supports the museum’s collections and exhibitions.  The Library also serves the University of Toledo’s Department of Art and maintains a circulating collection for students, faculty and Museum members.  In addition to books, periodicals, and DVDs, resources include access to art auction databases, an artists’ index to exhibitions held at the Museum since 1901, documentary information on the Museum’s collections, vertical files on more than 20,000 artists, and research assistance.  The public is invited to use the Library, free of charge, during public hours.

Find out more about the library’s resources and services on our library website or head straight to our online catalog. Check back often as we regularly update this page with new acquisition information and Library news.

Collection and Exhibition Resource Lists: 

Glorious Splendor Fired Up!  — New Collection Related Highlights

Recent exhibitions:

Kara WalkerBerlin PainterMasterworks of the 20th Century

Digitized TMA publications are available online at

*Digitized publications can also be searched and accessed through the library’s online catalog.

Print Study Room

The Works on Paper collection at the Toledo Museum of Art contains over 13,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artist books. Because works on paper are sensitive to light, temperature, and humidity, these objects are not on permanent view. However, they may be viewed by appointment in the Grace J. Hitchcock Print Study Room. To make an appointment, or for more information, please contact Courtney Macklin, Works on Paper Curatorial Assistant, at or 419-255-8000 x7374.

Become a TMA member and enjoy the added benefit of borrowing privileges at the Reference Library. We are located in the Center for the Visual Arts on the east side of the museum. For more information, please contact us at (419) 254-5770 or