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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 research libraries in the southeastern United States. Located in the Education Center, it houses thousands of volumes from the 16th-21st centuries, spanning topics like fine and decorative art, art history, architecture, fashion, and theater. 

While this research collection does not circulate to the public, the collection is open for public use.  The spacious reading room is well-lit and there are many comfortable reading areas throughout the library. We offer public access computers with access to scholarly databases, free Wi-Fi, charging outlets and limited photocopying and scanning. As part to Florida State University, you will be redirected to the FSU Libraries home page when you search out catalog.

Programs at Art Library include engaging scholarly lectures, book club discussions, and an arts-based storytime for young children. Libraries have a long tradition of providing programs, tours, and special events for their community, in order to share the knowledge found within their four walls. The Ringling Art Library provides free programs that honor this tradition and serve to highlight the relationships across our diverse museum campus.  Join us for an exciting learning experience!

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