Library of American Art

Created in 2009, the Terra Foundation Library for American Art is Europe’s only research library devoted exclusively to the art of the United States. The library specializes in visual art from the eighteenth century to the present day, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and is constantly being updated to reflect expanded narratives of American art.

The library’s holdings consist of nearly 12,000 books and catalogs, including rare books and digital resources, on painting, sculpture, and graphic arts, as well as photography and decorative arts, all of which are catalogued online. JSTOR, Artstor Digital Library, and ProQuest (American Periodicals Series and International Bibliography of Art), are also available for consultation.

The Terra Foundation Library for American Art is a non-circulating research library open to the public and free of charge.

Access the library’s online catalogue.

A partnership with the Fondation Custodia, home to the Frits Lugt Collection and the first private art history library in France, provides access to a shared reading room and combined holdings of approximately 150,000 volumes of Western art history.

Hours and Contact

The Terra Foundation Library for American Art is open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment and for more information about library facilities and research services, please contact Ewa Bobrowska at [email protected] or +33 1 43 20 82 65.

Terra Foundation Publications

The foundation produced titles that resulted from the past work of the foundation’s curatorial and academic program teams. These books include exhibition catalogues in multiple-language editions, scholarly monographs, critical anthologies, and a thematic research series and serve as a resource to scholars, students, and the arts-interested public.

All our titles are available through the University of Chicago Press.