The Menil Collection Library
The Menil Collection Library is open by appointment to qualified scholars and researchers, as well as members of the Friends of the Library Affinity Group.
Qualified researchers include graduate students, university and college faculty, professional artists and designers, art historians, arts professionals and arts writers.
Researchers are encouraged to consult the
LIBRARY'S CATALOGUE before scheduling an appointment.
For research regarding works in the Menil Collection, undergraduate students are advised to consult local university and public libraries for Menil publications such as:
The Menil Collection : A Selection from the Paleolithic to the Modern Era
Ten Centuries that Shaped the West; Greek and Roman Art in Texas Collections / by Herbert Hoffmann
Four Icons in The Menil Collection / edited by Bertrand Davezac
The Menil Collection / text by Clare Elliott
African Art from The Menil Collection / edited by Kristina Van Dyke
A Byzantine Masterpiece Recovered : the Thirteenth-Century Murals of Lysi, Cyprus / Annemarie Weyl Carr, Laurence J. Morrocco ; introduction by Bertrand Davezac
The Menil Library is a research collection whose strengths reflect those of the museum’s permanent collection: Modern and Contemporary art (particularly Surrealism), the Byzantine and Medieval periods, classical antiquities, and non-Western arts. The library houses approximately 30,000 books, periodicals, and auction catalogues.
The Menil Library welcomes a wide range of individuals, including the museum's Patron-level members. Qualified researchers, including students above the high-school level, are also welcome, along with university and college faculty, professional artists and designers, art collectors, art historians, arts writers, and arts professionals.
The Menil Library is a non-circulating research collection. Materials are not circulating and their use is confined to the library reading rooms. A self-service photocopier (black and white) is available, at a small per-copy fee.
The library is located in the west wing of the museum building, just off the main corridor.