Closed: New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday, and the last two weeks in December.
Location The McNay Art Museum Library is located on two levels of the Main Collection Galleries.
Lower Level (below the Tobin Theatre Arts Gallery)- information desk, reference, general fine arts collection, periodicals, special collections, and the offices of the library and archives.
Upper Level (Tobin Theatre Arts Gallery) - dance, music, opera, theater architecture, gardens, theatrical design, and festivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who may use the McNay Art Museum Library? The library is open to the museum visitor during the library’s public hours.
May I check out books? Library materials do not circulate to the public.
Is the library’s catalog available online? Presently access to the catalog is only available in the library.
Do you have a photocopy machine? Yes. Black and white copies are 10￠a sheet and color copies are 25￠a sheet.
Will I find information about all of the works of art in the McNay’s collection? The library collection offers information on many of the McNay’s works of art, however not every museum object is documented in the library.
How can I find information about the work of art I own? The library staff is available to assist you in your research. Information that will be helpful in this type of research includes the name of the artist, title of the art work, date, medium, dimensions, and provenance (source of the work of art). If you have a photograph of your art work please bring it with you.
How may I support the McNay Art Museum Library? The library gratefully accepts cash donations in honor of, or in memory of a friend, or family member. The funds are used to purchase books on the Library’s Wish List. A bookplate will be placed in the book designating the donor and the honoree. An acknowledgment will be mailed to the donor and the honoree or their family. If you wish to make a donation, please call 805-1728. Your generous gift in support of the library helps to preserve these vast volumes and records, and ensures that they remain available for scholarly research in the years to come.
Does the library accept donated books? The library accepts books if they fall within the guidelines of the library’s collection development policy. In order to determine if the proposed book fits our collection, we request in advance a list of your books that contain the following information: author, title, publisher and year of publication. You may either mail the list to the library or send it by email to
Thank you for considering the McNay Art Museum Library for your gift.
McNay Art Museum Library, P.O. Box 6069, San Antonio, TX 78209-0069
Library Wish List
ART AND ARCHITECTURE IN MEXICO
Thames & Hudson, 2013
THE BARNES FOUNDATION: MASTERWORKS
Judith F. Dolkart, Martha Lucy, and Derek Gillman
Skira Rizzoli, 2012
MOCTEZUMA’S TABLE: ROLANDO BRISEŃO’S MEXICAN AND CHICANO TABLESCAPES
Norma E. Cantu, ed.
Texas A&M University Press, 2010
ROBERT MOTHERWELL: EARLY COLLAGES
Susan Davidson et al.
Guggenheim Museum, 2013
INVENTING ABSTRACTION, 1910-1925
Leah Dickerman et al.
Museum of Modern Art, 2012
SALON TO BIENNIAL: EXHIBITIONS THAT MADE ART HISTORY, VOLUME I: 1863-1959
MASSIMO VITALI: LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES. 2nd, revised edition
Whitney Davis and Daniel Soutif
Steidl Verlag, 2010
BIENNIALS AND BEYOND: EXHIBITIONS THAT MADE ART HISTORY, VOLUME II: 1962-2002
If you would like to support the purchase of a catalogue raisonné for newly acquired works of art, please contact the library.