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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 by appointment to visitors of all ages and levels of expertise. 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.
The library collection contains archival materials donated to the museum by significant textile scholars, as well as institutional archives related to the history of The Textile Museum Collection.
Mehmet Aga-Oglu (1896-1949) was an Islamic art expert who founded the journal Ars Islamica. He was a consultant for The Textile Museum from 1948 to 1949 and specialized in Caucasian rugs. Aga-Oglu Inventory (PDF)
Charles Grant Ellis (1908-1996) was a research associate at The Textile Museum and a leading 20th-century scholar of oriental carpets. He authored the museum's 1975 publication Early Caucasian Rugs. Ellis Inventory (PDF)
To learn more about the library's collecting strategy, download its collections policy (PDF).