Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library

The Mayer Library is the art research library of the Dallas Museum of Art. The non-circulating collection supports research on the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions as well as providing general information about art and art history of all periods. The library is available to DMA staff, docents, and the public, including students, collectors, and researchers.  

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Summer 2019 Closure Notice:

Starting May 13 the library will be closed to the public for an extensive collection reorganization project. Appointments will not be accepted but you may direct reference requests to or 214-922-1277. Please allow one week for a response.

Other art research libraries in the area include the Hamon Arts Library at SMU and the Dallas Public Library's Fine Arts Division at the Central Library location downtown.


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.