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 and museum members at and above the Patron level.
Qualified researchers include graduate students, university and college faculty, museum professionals, professional artists and designers, art historians, arts professionals, and arts writers.
Researchers are encouraged to consult the Library Catalogue before scheduling an appointment.
Looking for basic research regarding works in or the history of the Menil Collection? You can start at local university and public libraries: look for these resources.
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
Imprinting the Divine: Byzantine and Russian Icons from The Menil Collection, edited by Annemarie Weyl Carr
A Byzantine Masterpiece Recovered: The Thirteenth-Century Murals of Lysi, Cyprus, by Annemarie Weyl Carr and Laurence J. Morrocco
The Menil Collection: Art Spaces, by Clare Elliott, with Miranda Lash
African Art from The Menil Collection, edited by Kristina Van Dyke
Art and Activism: Projects of John and Dominique de Menil, edited by Josef Helfenstein and Laureen Schipsi
The Library of the Menil Collection is the curatorial library of the museum. It supports the reference, research, and scholarly needs of the director’s office and the curatorial, conservation, registration, archives, and publishing departments of the Menil Collection. Other museum staff and outside scholars are an important secondary constituency. Museum members and visitors form a third constituency that the library serves on a more limited basis. To support these groups, the library collects in media ranging from printed monographs, exhibition, auction, and collection catalogues to periodicals to electronic resources with a focus on the art and artists represented in the Menil Collection, as well as general and fundamental works on the movements in the arts and allied disciplines that contextualize them. Like the Menil Collection itself, the Library does not aspire to be encyclopedic; rather the Library’s goal is depth in the areas of strength of the museum’s art collection.
For broader coverage, the Library endeavors to coordinate its holdings with other local art libraries, as it is a highly specialized component in the larger universe of Houston area art research resources. The Library strives to centralize access to scholarly information, generated both internally and externally, to the Menil community in the building and also through the museum’s computer network and the Internet.
The Menil Library is a non-circulating research collection; use of materials is confined to the library reading rooms. A self-service photocopier (black and white) is available.
The library is located in the west wing of the museum building, just off the main corridor.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 713-525-9400
William F. Stern Artists’ Books Collection. Bequest of William F. Stern in memory of his father, Joseph S. Stern