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James D. Francis Art Library

The Museum's James D. Francis Art Library is a unique resource in the Tri-State, offering a wide range of books and other resources on the fine and decorative arts. As West Virginia's only professionally staffed art library, its holdings offer a wealth of information to the community, and it now has over 20,000 volumes on its shelves, in addition to an extensive collection of artists' files and periodicals.

Library materials are non-circulating and restricted to use in the library. While its primary mission is to support research on the Museum's permanent collection and assist with exhibition planning, it also serves as an information center for local collectors and art lovers. Subject areas that are emphasized include American and European art, glass, Islamic art, firearms, silver, contemporary prints, and folk art. The collection of materials on glass is particularly notable, with approximately 1,000 volumes on the subject, as well as a number of historic trade journals and company catalogs.

The library is open by appointment and also accepts reference queries by telephone (304) 529-2701 or e-mail [email protected]. Appointments are required for research visits.