Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library

The Mayer Library is the art research library at the Dallas Museum of Art.  The library collects and provides access to resources that support research on the DMA's global collection and special exhibitions.  The collection comprises over 100,000 volumes including books, journals, artist files, and auction catalogs. In addition to serving museum staff, the library is open to the general public.  

SEARCH the Library Catalog.

On-site access to the Mayer Library is temporarily suspended. Please check back here for updates. 

We welcome your art reference and research questions. Contact us at or 214-922-1277.

Museum staff cannot appraise or authenticate works of art. Please refer to the Appraisal and Conservation page for more information.

Library Guidelines and Services

  • Patrons using the library are required to sign in at the reference desk.  
  • Backpacks, large bags, and oversized coats must be checked at the Museum's Coat Check.
  • Do not bring in original artwork.    
  • Copy services: Scanning to email, cloud storage, or USB drive is free of charge. Fragile or rare items may only be scanned at the Librarian's discretion. Black-and-white printouts are 25¢ per page after the first 20 pages.
  • Payment for printouts is by cash only.  
  • Wi-Fi is available.


The Mayer Library welcomes and encourages financial contributions in support of the library and unrestricted gifts of materials for our collections. Donations strengthen the library’s ability to support the research needs of the Dallas Museum of Art staff and our community. Many of the library's most in-depth research collections have been built in this way. To inquire about the donation of materials, a monetary donation, or the purchase of a title in honor or memory of a friend, colleague, or loved one, please contact