This non-circulating research library features thousands of hard-to-find resources on global textiles and traditional dress. Resources are multilingual and cover artistic, cultural, historical and technical information. While visiting, you can access serials, rare books, monographs, auction catalogs, ephemera and films. We also hold the personal archives of important textile scholars including Irene Emery and Charles Grant Ellis.
The library is open Wednesday to Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and by appointment. You will find it on the fourth floor of the museum. Email Librarian Tracy Meserve at [email protected] to schedule an appointment and help us prepare for your visit.
Irene Emery Papers: Finding Aid (PDF): We hold the personal archives of Irene Emery (1900-1981), a pioneering textile scholar best known for her seminal 1966 publication The Primary Structures of Fabrics: An Illustrated Classification.