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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 on the third floor of the Georgia Museum of Art and is open to the public Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and at other times by appointment. Please check in at the first-floor lobby desk when visiting the library.

To make an appointment, contact Laura Rhicard at or 706.542.0487.


As of June 2017, the Griffith Library had nearly 12,000 catalogued volumes. Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 volumes are added annually through an agreement with the University of Georgia Libraries. Catalogued items 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.

Collection Emphasis

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.

Artists Files

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.

Auction Catalogues

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

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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)
Getty Vocabularies


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.

Patrons must sign in. 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

The Library welcomes donations for the collection. Due to very limited space we generally do not duplicate materials already owned. Some materials will be offered to the Main Library for review and accession if they are not appropriate for the Griffith Library. If you are considering donating items to the library, contact Laura Rhicard at

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering at the Griffith Library, call 706.542.4662 or email Laura Rhicard at

Study Centers

The Study Centers in the Humanities contain archives from the museum’s collections and consist of the C.L. Morehead Jr. Center for the Study of American Art, the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts, the Jacob Burns Foundation Center and the Pierre Daura Center. Curators of each collection have offices in the corresponding study center, making information and archives easily accessible to students and researchers.

The Study Centers in the Humanities were made possible by a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Pierre Daura Center

The collection documents the life and career of the Catalan-American modern artist Pierre Daura (1896–1976) through correspondence, diaries, notes, exhibition catalogues, brochures, announcements, newspaper and magazine articles, oral history, sketches, photographs, slides, films, artifacts and ephemera. The archive complements more than 600 works of art by Pierre Daura in the museum’s collection. It also contains a continually updated collection of related material, including posthumous exhibition information and scholarly and promotional material. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia maintains an online finding aid for the center, accessible here.