FAQs


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.

Who may use the McNay Art Museum Library?

The library is open to museum visitors 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?

Yes. Access to the online catalog is available through a link on the library’s main page on the museum’s website.

Do you have a photocopy machine?

Yes. Black and white 8 ½” x 11” 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 object please bring it with you.

Does the library accept donated books?

The library considers books if they fall within the guidelines of the library’s collection development policy. We request in advance a list of your books that contains 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 library@mcnayart.org. Thank you for considering the McNay Art Museum Library for your gift.