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Library Faq

 

Where is the Art Library and when is it open?

The Ringling Art Library is located in The Ringling Education Center on the south side of the estate off Bay Shore Road. To access the library, sign-in at the Security desk located in the lobby of the Education Center. The Library is open by appointment from 8am-1pm, Monday through Friday. The Library is open to the public from 1-5pm, Monday through Friday. You do not need to be a Member of the Ringling to use the Library.

Does the Art Library authenticate or appraise works of art?

The Library does not authenticate or appraise works of art. The Library staff refers researchers to the appraisers listed below. 

Art Dealers Association of America

575 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-940-8590

Fax: 212-940-7013
http://www.artdealers.org
 
National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America

12 East 56th Street

New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-826-9707

Fax: 212-319-0471
http://www.naadaa.org
 
Appraisers Association of America Inc.

386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-889-5404
Fax: 212-889-5503
http://www.appraisersassoc.org
 
Private Art Dealers Association of America

Daisy Walker and Juliet O'Brien Administrator

P.O. Box 872, Lenox Hill Station

New York, NY 10021

Phone: 212-572-0772
Fax: 212-572-8398

http://www.pada.net
 
IFAR Authentication Research Service

500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935

New York, NY 10110

Phone: 212-391-6234

http://www.ifar.org/authentication.php

Can I check out materials from the Art Library?

The Library is a non-circulating art research library. The general collection is available for open browsing, and materials are to be enjoyed in the Library's Reading Room.

Can I make photocopies from Art Library materials?

The Library offers a complimentary photocopying service, up to 10 pages.  For assistance please see a librarian.

Are digital resources available?

The Library has a digital collection freely available at http://ringlinglibrary.contentdm.oclc.org and http://www.flickr.com/photos/ringlinglibrary.

Can I bring my child or infant to the Art Library?

Children and infants are allowed, but must be accompanied at all times.

Can I bring my purse or bag with me when visiting the Art Library?

Purses or bags that exceed the dimensions of 9” x 12” x 3” must be checked. All laptop and camera cases must be checked.

Can I have lunch at the ArtLibrary?

All food, drinks (excepting bottled water), candy, and gum are not permitted in the Reading Room and other public areas. A drinking fountain is available.

Can I use highlighters, sticky notes, or other office supplies at the Art Library?

No, the use of these items is not permitted in the Library.  We can supply pencils and paper.

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