Walker Art Center's Library is one of a small number of libraries in the United States devoted exclusively to modern art. Its holdings reflect the museum's collections of sculpture, painting, prints, and photography, as well as its programming in architecture and design, dance, film, performance, and video. The Library contains a comprehensive collection of books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, and a clipping file on twentieth-century artists. There are 8000 monographs and 30,000 catalogues from exhibitions held in the United States and Europe from the 1940s to the present.
The collection of artists' books presents nearly 500 examples of contemporary book art. The Library subscribes to more than 140 national and international art journals and its vertical file contains extensive material--press releases, reviews, gallery announcements--pertinent to some 2000 artists. A portion of the Audio Archive of taped conversations with artists is housed there and is available for in-Library listening. The Library serves the museum staff and is open only by appointment to persons doing research in modern art. For further information, phone 375-7680.