Art Library

Art Library

Honickman Library at the Barnes Foundation
Honickman Library at the Barnes Foundation

The resources of Honickman Library, on the Lower Level of the Barnes's Parkway building, include a growing collection of over 4,000 books, periodicals, and databases. The library’s focus is 19th- and 20th-century art historical movements, with emphasis on impressionism, post-impressionism, and modernism; art education; visual literacy; philosophy; psychology; and conservation. Access to a vast database of periodical literature is available through the library’s JSTOR account. The library is a member of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and its collection can be searched electronically. Other amenities include Wi-Fi, computers with internet access, and a photocopier and scanner.

Materials in Honickman Library circulate to the faculty, staff, and students of the Barnes Foundation, as well as to its docents, garden guides, interns, and volunteers. Visitors may consult the library’s holdings in the reading room. Access to the library is free, and a ticket is not required. To visit the library, please request a building pass at the Guest Services Center or at the admission desk in the lobby.


Monday–Saturday* 10 am–5 pm
Closed Sunday

*On Tuesdays the library is only open to Barnes staff and students.

The Collection

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