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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” —John Dewey

Honickman Library

Located on the lower level at the Barnes, Honickman Library is home to more than 9,000 books, periodicals, databases, and other resources on art history—especially 19th- and 20th-century artistic movements—art education, visual literacy, philosophy, psychology, and art conservation.

Appointment only.

Monday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm

To schedule an appointment, email us. Your appointment is not confirmed until you receive an email from the Archives, Library, and Special Collections staff. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate same-day appointments.

Digitized Books, Journals & Pamphlets

Access digital copies of Barnes Foundation publications written by Dr. Barnes or within his lifetime can be accessed via the Honickman Library’s Internet Archive page. The Journal of the Art Department (1970–78), Vistas (1979–91), and the Newsletter of the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation (1968–79) are also available on this site.