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Library Hours

Second Saturday

The library will be closed on Thursday, June 15, Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30. The library will close at 3 p.m. on June 27, and August 29.


An appointment is required to use materials from the Archives.

Please email [email protected] to make an appointment.


About the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives

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

The Mary R. Schiff Library is located on the third floor of the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum. Direct access to the library via the Castellini Foundation entrance, from there take an elevator to the 3d floor.

To ask a question or request an appointment email [email protected] or call 513-639-2978. Please note that all materials are for use in the library only and may not be checked out.


Serving the Community Since 1881

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

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Email: [email protected]

Phone: (513) 639-2978

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