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.

Hours and Location

Public Hours

The Library hours are subject to change, please call 602.257.2139 for the latest updates. Appointments are encouraged to meet with the Librarian (

Holiday Hours

  • Friday, December 21: Open 10am-2pm
  • Monday, December 24: Closed
  • Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25: Closed
  • Friday, December 28: Open 10am-2pm
  • Monday, December 31: Closed
  • Tuesday, January 1: Closed

Please come directly to our administrative building (Wolfswinkel Education Center). To enter the building, follow the walkway from the parking lot between Phoenix Theater and the Museum, along the Hall of Mirrors, and directly across the courtyard to the Wolfswinkel Education Center. Enter the glass double doors. A security/reception station is just inside the entry and can direct you from there.

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 website. 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.