The Pierce Art Library is housed on the second floor of the Visual Arts Center, which was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1975. There are approximately 16000 items in the collection, predominantly highly illustrated exhibition catalogs and monographs. Some current periodicals relating to Art and Art History are also housed here, with the back issues and bound volumes shelved in Hawthorne Longfellow Library. The Art Library is a small space, so a significant portion of Bowdoin’s books on art are at the main library. The Art Library is light filled and the carrels are oversized, to accommodate large format art books. The collection in the Art Library is non-circulating, though faculty and staff do have borrowing privileges. All loans are subject to approval by the art librarian. And of course, materials at H-L Library do circulate.
The Art Librarian is available for classroom instruction, class visits, individual or small group research appointments, and general reference, during business hours Monday-Friday. Anyone needing help working with the art related databases, or the collection in general, is encouraged to stop by or contact the Art Librarian.