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  • The Ringling Art Library

    One of the Ringling Art Library’s most important and essential tasks is making its collection available to students and scholars of art.

  • Ringling’s Personal Collection

    More than 500 titles from John Ringling’s art book collection survive and are honored with their own space in the Art Library.

  • Scholarly Support

    The Ringling librarians assist scholarly research in support of our collections and special exhibitions.

  • For the Love of Art

    The public is always welcome to explore the resources provided by the library in support of our collections and special exhibitions.

  • Story Time

    Awakening an interest in art in children is one of the library’s primary missions.

  • Preserving Rare Books

    To preserve the library’s treasured rare books in order to make them more accessible to the public, a digitalization project is underway.

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Art Library

The Ringling Art Library is one of the largest art reference libraries in the southeastern United States. Located in the Education Center, it houses thousands of volumes from the 16th-21st centuries, on subjects such as fine and decorative art, art history, architecture, fashion, and theater. It also features a number of special collections and the personal library of John Ringling.

The personal collection of John Ringling features a collection of some 500 books that once belonged to John Ringling. These books reflect his various interests. Some relate to the places he traveled, while others were used to expand his knowledge of art history, which, in turn, helped inform his activities as a collector of art and antiquities.

John Ringling’s collection features a number of rare limited editions, as well as folios with beautiful, hand-colored plates. Many of the works have fine bindings, which are the subject of an on-going conservation effort. The entire collection is housed in a special room of the Ringling Art Library, and is accessible by appointment.

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