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Library Hours
Sun, 1PM7PM
Mon, 9:30AM8PM
Tue, 9:30AM8PM
Wed, 9:30AM5PM
Thu, Closed
Fri, Closed
Sat, Closed

The CCS Bard Library & Archives will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen with normal hours on Sunday, November 28.

For the fall 2021 session, the CCS Bard Library is open to all Bard students, faculty, and staff. Outside researchers can contact us with research inquiries.

Appointments are required to access Special Collections and the Archives.

To schedule an appointment or contact us with any questions regarding our research collections please contact us.

The CCS Bard Library is one of the foremost contemporary art research collections in the United States focusing on post-1960’s contemporary art, curatorial practice, exhibition histories, theory and criticism. The Library’s main collection houses extensive holdings of international exhibition publications and artists’ monographs supporting the in-depth study of artists represented in the permanent collection. Special Collections includes important holdings of historic and out-of-print artist produced periodicals, limited edition, rare and signed exhibition catalogues and contemporary art publications, as well as an extensive collection of artists’ books. Through donation and purchase, the Library is comprehensively collecting the full publication history of select international exhibition venues, art publishers, and small presses.

This discovery tool was developed to serve as a starting point for research with collections in the CCS Bard Library and Archives. In addition to offering users greater flexibility in searching our research collections, it also includes digital content from a rich array of subscription databases.


Appointments are necessary to consult materials in Special Collections and the Archives.

The CCS Bard Archives contain the institutional archives for the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art as well as the organizational archives of select galleries, artist-run spaces and initiatives, and the personal papers of curators and artists. The Archives also maintains a collection of artist files for the artists represented in the Hessel Museum collection, and Study Collections that document a range of international curators, and historic exhibitions.

The Library and Archives are open to the Bard community as well as outside scholars and researchers specializing in the contemporary arts. Appointments are necessary to consult materials in Special Collections and the Archives. For more information or to schedule a research appointment, please contact us.