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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 in Sarasota Florida. 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. 

Does the Library offer any programs or special events?

Yes, the Library offers a book club, Literati, for teens and adults, a childrens storytime and lectures. View upcoming programs. 

Does the Library have a Friends group?

Yes, our Friends group provides the Library with funds to conserve rare books, promote and create free programs for the community, and initiate special projects that preserve our unique collection of art history books, spanning the 16th century to the present. To become a Friend of the Library, please call our Membership team, at 941-360-7330.

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/scans from Art Library materials?

The Library offers a complimentary photocopying and scanning service, up to 25 pages.  For assistance please see a librarian.

Are digital resources available? Is there free Wi-Fi?

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

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

Yes, we do have a childrens area with nearly 1,000 titles. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

Purses, totes or book bags that exceed the dimensions of 9” x 12” x 3” must be checked with security personnel. All laptop and camera cases must be checked with security personnel, and all items checked will be placed in our library lockers before entrance is permitted.

Can I have lunch at the Art Library?

All foodstuffs, 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 supply pencils and paper.

Questions or research inquiries? View the Finding Aid below or email library@ringling.org

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