Search the Library and Archives

The Phillips Collection library supports research on works of art in the museum's permanent collection, special exhibitions, and the history of the museum. The library collection includes about 9,500 books, which focus on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art. Among the books are monographs on artists whose works are in the collection, exhibition catalogues, museum permanent collection catalogues, and books on photography, as well as Phillips Collection publications from the 1920s to the present. Vertical files provide information on individual artists, art subjects, and art institutions in the form of small exhibition catalogues, articles, and reviews. The library also subscribes to several online electronic resources.

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Library Hours

As a health precaution, the library and archives are closed to the public.

Library and archives resources are non-circulating. 

Online Resources

An appointment is necessary to consult the subscription databases, which are only available on-site. This list also includes resources on the Phillips's institutional history and some selected online resources on related topics.



  • JSTOR: Searchable access to full-text articles from over 1,000 scholarly journals.
  • Oxford Art Online: Includes Grove Art Online, an art encyclopedia covering Western and non-Western art, including articles, biographies, images, and The Dictionary of Art, as well as The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.