The sixth-largest fine arts museum in the United States with holdings of over 60,000 art works. Within the more than 100 galleries are paintings, sculpture, graphic and decorative arts.

The Research Library of the Detroit Institute of Arts was founded in 1905 to serve the art historical research needs of the museum. The collection contains more than 172,000 volumes and subscribes to over 350 periodicals. Bibliographic information on this material is available through our online catalogue. The library's resources include items such as DIA publications, auction catalogues, catalogues raisonnÚs, national and international museum publications, and monographs on artists. Foreign publications make up a substantial part of the collection.

The mission of the Detroit Institute of Arts Research Library is to serve the scholarly needs of the museum curatorial staff, other professionals, and graduate students. We also provide reference services to students, museum volunteers, and members of the general public.

Development of the library collection supports and complements the activities and programs of the museum.

The library maintains its collection of materials in a condition that provides the best environment for its preservation and use.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Directions and Map

From I-94 : Exit Woodward/John R, south four blocks to Farnsworth

From I-75 : Exit Warren, west four blocks to Woodward, north on Woodward one block to Farnsworth

From M-10 : Exit Warren/Forest, east three blocks, north three blocks

Parking: Cultural Center Garage (Woodward and Farnsworth)
Lot on Frederick Douglass between John R and Brush
Weekend parking available in John R lot (adjacent to museum)