The Gene and Cathie Lemon Art Research Library

The Lemon Art Research Library is a non-circulating research library with collection strengths that reflect those of the Museum's art collection. With more than 40,000 books, periodicals, artist files and more, the Library serves as an important resource for the community and state as the largest specialized fine arts library in the region. The public is invited to use the resources of the Lemon Art Research Library, free of charge, during public hours.

The Library's collections include materials on art criticism and art history with emphasis in Asian, Latin American, Western American, European, Modern & Contemporary, and Fashion Design.


Open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm and the first Wednesday of every month 10am-7pm.

The Library provides the following services to the public:

  • Research Assistance to visitors.
  • Telephone reference, brief biographical information provided, at (602) 257-2136.
  • Referral to additional resources.

Online search of the Library's catalog

The book holdings of the Art Research Library are searchable through the Phoenix Public Library site. The Museum's Lemon Art Research Library does not lend out its holdings. If you are a local resident, you may visit the Museum's Art Research Library during its public hours and use its resources. If you are not a local resident, the search will help you identify titles that you may want to borrow from your local public or university library.