Louis T. Griffith Library
The Louis T. Griffith Library supports the professional work of the Georgia Museum of Art’s curators, registrars, educators and staff. It is located on the third floor of the Georgia Museum of Art and is open to the public, with some restrictions.
As of January 2013, the Griffith Library had more than 8,500 catalogued volumes. Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 volumes are added annually through an agreement with the University of Georgia Libraries. Catalogued pieces are found in GIL, the University of Georgia Libraries’ online public catalogue. The Griffith Library incorporates the Henry D. Green Library, which specializes in decorative arts, metal arts including jewelry, ceramics, glass, furnishings, textiles, architecture and interiors. The Green Library is an integral part of the Henry D. Green Study Center for the Decorative Arts.
The Griffith Library has holdings in North American, Central and South American, European, especially Italian, and some areas of Asian and African art. Other particular areas of emphasis include African American, folk and southern art.
The Artists Files are long established and are regularly and routinely updated as an uncatalogued resource. They document individual artists, major art collectors and some galleries and museums.
The Griffith Library has uncatalogued auction catalogues for Sotheby’s, Christies and a few other major auction houses. Some important sales are catalogued and reside in the collection and can be accessed via GIL.
Other Campus Art Collections
While the Griffith Library is convenient to the art departments in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the academic research collections are found in the Main Library on North Campus. Any work requiring comprehensive study should be undertaken using those print resources that are not also available online. There is some duplication between the two collections. A search of GIL will indicate the location of materials.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Art (5 volumes)
Grove Dictionary of Art (34 volumes)
Encyclopedia of World Art (15 volumes)
Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs (8 volumes)
Art of the World
Pelican History of Art (24 volumes)
Catalogue Raisonnés for many artists, searchable through GIL
Selected Online Resources
Oxford Art Online Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists and other Oxford art reference resources
International Bibliography of Art Definitive resource for scholarly literature in Western art
Art/Architecture Research Guide (Research Central)
JSTOR (journal backfiles)
Hours and Policies
The Griffith Library is open weekdays when the museum is open, or by appointment.
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The collection is non-circulating, and although anyone is welcome to use the Griffith Library, materials must be used on site.
The library does not participate in Interlibrary Loan.
The library is staffed completely by volunteers. The library director is available by appointment.
GENERAL RULES: Patrons must sign in at the receptionist’s desk. No food or drinks are allowed. No pens; only pencils may be taken into the library. Book bags, backpacks and large purses must be checked.
If you have donations for the Griffith Library