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About the Library

Ever since SFMOMA opened in 1935, the Library has been dedicated to advancing scholarship in modern and contemporary art. In other words, we’re here to help you learn. Our holdings reflect art movements, organizations, historians, critics, and makers of modern and contemporary art, as well as SFMOMA’s collections, exhibitions, and programming.

We’re open to researchers interested in learning about modern and contemporary art, including students, artists, teachers, professors, authors, dealers, collectors, and museum colleagues.

The Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.


Library Highlights

  • More than 80,000 books – including monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogs, artists’ books, and special collections
  • The Sydney Tillim Collection – 1,100 volumes from the late 1830s to the 1970s relating to photomechanical reproduction processes
  • The Kurenboh Collection – 1000+ volumes on Japanese photography, spanning the 1930s to the present
  • More than 2,100 periodical titles with 75,000+ issues – including magazines, annuals, museum bulletins, and annual reports
  • 50,000 artist and arts organization files – including exhibition announcements, CVs, bibliographies, press releases, news clippings, and other ephemera
  • The Skowhegan Lecture Archive 650+ lectures from an ongoing lecture series featuring visual artists, architects, curators, art historians, and others, begun in 1952