Arthur D. Jenkins Library

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Established in 1925 by Textile Museum founder George Hewitt Myers, the 20,000-volume Arthur D. Jenkins Library is a non-circulating research library dedicated to the textile arts.   

As a leading resource for the study of textiles, the library's multilingual collection offers researchers access to artistic, cultural, historical, and technical information related to the textile arts. The library's collection includes monographs, serials, ephemera, auction catalogs, slides, and videotapes. Highlights include rare out-of-print books, beautifully illustrated monographs, and the personal documents of important textile scholars such as Irene Emery and Charles Grant Ellis. The library incorporates into its catalog citations from textile-related journals and periodicals, a service unique to The Textile Museum.

Library Hours

The library is open Wednesday–Friday from 1–4 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact the librarian before your visit at [email protected]

The library will be open for special hours on Saturday, January 25, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, February 22, 12 to 4 p.m. No appointment is needed. 

Scholars' Archives

The library holds the personal archives of important textile scholars, including Irene Emery, who is best known for her seminal 1966 publication The Primary Structures of Fabrics: An Illustrated Classification. Search our online finding aid and inventory to request an item.