Arthur D. Jenkins Library

Photo of visitor in the library

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 and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Please contact the librarian before your visit at museumlibrary@gwu.edu.

The library will be open for the following special hours: Saturday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is needed. 

Online Catalog

The library's collection can be searched using the online catalog, TextileMuse