Art Libraries Section

Division: Library Types

The Section endeavors to represent libraries and organizations concerned with all formats of textual and visual documentation for the visual arts, including fine arts, applied arts, design and architecture. The Section strives to improve access to information about these subjects for users of independent research libraries, museum libraries, art libraries attached to educational institutions art departments within national, college, university and public libraries, government departments and agencies, libraries in cultural centres and other collections of art information. The Section is also concerned with the creation, study and enjoyment of the visual arts through these libraries and with the encouragement of activities of national and regional societies of art librarians and visual resources curators. It provides an international forum for the free exchange of information and materials on art and furthers the aims of the Core Activities of IFLA.

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Art Libraries, Sections

Last update: 13 April 2017

Latest News

Call for papers - Satellite Meeting: "Of what is past, and passing, and to come": art library networks in transition

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA is looking back on 40 years of international collaboration of art librarians worldwide, and forward over the horizon, asking what is to be done – next?

17 January 2020

Call for papers "Rethinking the concepts of art libraries, in view of changing cultural heritage paradigms: collection building, facilitating access, reaching new audiences"

How can cultural heritage institutions such as museums, archives and libraries are dealing with collections that are culturally and materially diverse?

7 January 2020