The Richardson Memorial Library is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The library is located on the third floor of the South building. Access to the library is through the Museum's lower corridor, adjacent to the Main Elevator.

100th Anniversary Celebration

April 18 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Richardson Memorial Library. What started as a collection of 5,000 volumes in converted Main Building galleries in 1915 has grown a research facility that boasts 100,000 books, extensive holdings of auction catalogues and pamphlets documenting the history of artists in St. Louis, and digital access to scholarly articles from around the world.

To celebrate, the Library is hosting special learning opportunities for children and adults.

Adult Class

Rare and Unusual: Discovering the Book Arts in St. Louis
Fridays, April 24, and May 1, 8 and 15
10:00–11:30 am

Explore all aspects of the book, from codex to contemporary forms. The classes include visits to the Library and the Museum's Study Room, the Peter H. Raven Library of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Washington University's Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book. The class costs $75 for the general public and $60 for Members. For more information and to register for the class, click here.

Family Programs

Special Family Program: The Library Turns 100!
Saturday, April 18
1:00-4:00 pm – Journal-making activity in Grigg Gallery
2:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 3:00 pm – Storytelling in the Library
2:30 and 3:15 pm – Family tours of the Museum's collection

Contact the Library

Available Monday through Friday to answer your questions by
Fax: 314.721.4911
Email: library@slam.org

Library Catalog

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Palace of Fine Arts

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St. Louis Artists Files

The Library collects and provides access to information about artists in the St. Louis area. The information is kept in Artists Files which are available to the public for research. The files may contain newspaper clippings, exhibition announcements, or other biographical data. A complete list of the St. Louis Artists Files held by the Library is available in the library's catalog.

To contribute information to the Saint Louis Artists Files, please email the Library at library@slam.org.

Resource Centers

The Saint Louis Art Museum supports a loan collection of curriculum kits and a set of touch kits. Touch kits, that contain authentic and reproduction touchable objectsare available in the following themes, African Art, Ancient Mediterranean Art, Art of China and Japan, Native American Art, Art of Colonial America, Folk Art, and Westward Expansion, and they may be checked out from our Satellite Resource Centers. Contact the Satellite Resource Centers directly for information about their hours, circulation policies, and services. Click here for a list of Resource Centers.