Open Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.*

Also open the second Saturday of every month, September–June. 

Beginning September 27th The Mary R. Schiff Library will be open from 11am-8pm the fourth Thursday each month. 

*The library will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 21. 

*The library will close at 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

September 25, 2018 
November 13, 2018 
February 26, 2019 

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Please note that all materials are for use in the library only and may not be checked out.

Mary R. Schiff Library Events

In the Mary R. Schiff Library Dialogues with Artists | 6:30 – 7:30


At this event you will have an opportunity to hear two artists to articulate an answer to the question “Why do you make art and how does this determine your connection to your audience?”, as well as see up close their work. This popular event, now in its sixth year, moved to Thursday’s evenings, as the museum stays open till 8 p.m.


September 20, 2018 | 6:30–7:30 p.m.


Ana England

Professor Emerita at Northern Kentucky University, she holds MFA from San Jose University. Her numerous shows include shows at Miami University Art Museum, Nexus Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta and most recently a solo exhibition “Ana England: Kinship” at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Her work is widely reviewed in regional and national journals. She has given many lectures and workshops.

In her own words, “the word that best describes what I am exploring in my work is kinship.  That which connects us seems to me to be much stronger than that which separates us. When I see the curl of a galaxy imprinted in my fingerprints, realize that my bones are similar in structure to those of a mouse and contemplate that minute solar systems are embedded in the atoms creating my cells, I sense a community that transcends race, nationality and species identification.” 


Steven Finke

Born in New York City, he received BFA in Ceramics from Ohio University and a MFA in Ceramics from the University of Miami, and has taught sculpture at Northern Kentucky University since 1993.

While exploring ideas connected to impermanence and mortality and reading from a variety of spiritual traditions he was most drawn to “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”.  He has been making sculptures that are intended to enhance reflection on impermanence in a visceral way. This is based on the conviction that consideration of impermanence and death will lead to creative and sustainable living.  His work ranges from large environmental installations to small intimate hand-held objects.  He lives in southwestern Ohio with his wife Ana England where he is involved in a long-term project that integrates art and the forest in a sculptural meditation on impermanence.


Informal conversation with artists is encouraged. Wine and cheese served. Free. Reservations not required.


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Founded in 1881, the Mary R. Schiff Library has an extensive collection of over 100,000 items spanning 6,000 years of art history, including decorative arts, fashion and photography. The collection includes books, reference resources such as biographical dictionaries, periodicals, videos/DVDs, ephemera files, auction catalogs and online databases. The Library also has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists.

The Library is open to the public and highly qualified librarians will be happy to assist you and answer your questions. Library staff can also help if you’re looking for information on artwork or artists in the museum’s collection or in your own collection.

Visitors are also welcome to browse the shelves, sit and read in the bright reading room, or enjoy a coffee on the balcony, while taking in the panoramic views of the city. For book lovers, there’s also an ongoing book sale.

The Mary R. Schiff Library is located on the third floor of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Longworth Wing (the old Art Academy building.) Direct access to the Library is via the Castellini Foundation entrance (in front of the Pinocchio sculpture).


Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639-2978



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