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Northwestern University’s Art Library holds over 160,000 books and journals about art, architecture, and design with particular strengths in western 19th century art and architecture. Materials are located in the Eloise W. Martin Reading Room and the Architecture Reading Room on the third floor of Deering Library. This distinctive collection supports the research, teaching, and learning of Northwestern's departments of Art History and Art Theory and Practice, serves the art information needs of the entire Northwestern community, and provides art information to visiting scholars, students, artists, and researchers from around the world.


Summer 2015 renovations:
Please note the Martin Reading Room will be closed after Commencement weekend and will remain closed through the Fourth of July weekend for renovations (Monday June 22 through Sunday July 5, 2015). Art Library staff will be available to page any materials needed from the Martin Reading Room during Deering's usual summer hours for this period, and the Architecture Reading Room will remain open and available to researchers.


To learn more about other services we offer, please visit our Services, Circulation Policy, and FAQs pages.
Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Art Library features two public reading rooms and research space for faculty and graduate students in Art History. The Eloise W. Martin Reading Room contains the Art Library's books and bound periodicals, and provides ample quiet study space. The Architecture Reading Room, on the east side of the third floor, holds materials related to architectue, and offers an additional quiet space for study. Visit our Shelving Locations page for more information. 
Our Space and History
Learn about the portraits of Charles Deering's family and of French composer Erik Satie, which hang in the Martin Reading Room, as well as the secular stained glass windows located in both reading rooms, and the various busts and statues displayed in the Martin reading room here. El Bohemio, the portait of Satie by Ramon Casas, frequently travels the world in major museum exhibitions. Learn here about the Chicago architect Walter Netsch, who designed the Main Library and other buildings on Northwestern's campus during his long career.
About Us
To schedule a research consultation or instruction session with a subject specialist librarian in art, please email the Art Library or visit our Staff page. Directions to the Art Library are available here.