Library & Archives

CCS Bard Library and Archives

The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies are a vital research center specializing in curatorial studies and the contemporary arts, as well as an integral component of the Center’s 2-year graduate program supporting the advanced research of curatorial studies students.

The Library contains over 30,000 volumes focusing on post-1960s contemporary art and curatorial practices.  The main collection includes extensive holdings of international exhibition catalogs, artists’ monographs, and over 60 current subscriptions to international art journals and periodicals covering the contemporary arts and curatorial practices.  Special Collections holdings include a significant collection of approximately 80 historic artist-produced periodicals, an extensive collection of limited edition, signed, and out of print exhibition catalogs, a media collection, and a 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.

The 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 select curators and artists.  The Archives also maintains a collection of artist files for the artists represented in the Hessel Museum collection, as well as Study Collections which document significant international curators, and a selection of historic exhibitions.

Although the collections are non-circulating, the Library and Archives are open to the Bard community, as well as outside researchers and scholars specializing in the contemporary arts.

During the Fall and Spring semesters the Library is open Monday and Tuesday 9:30 am to 8:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 am to 7:00 pm, Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The Archives and Special Collections are accessible by appointment only.

Access Policies: The Library and Archives are open to the Bard community as well as outside scholars and researchers specializing in the contemporary arts.  Please note that the collections in the library and archives are non-circulating.  Appointments are necessary to consult materials in Special Collections or the CCS Bard Archives. For more information, contact us at 845-758-7567 or Contact Us by Email.


Ann E. Butler, Director of Library and Archives
Bronwen Bitetti, Librarian
Hannah Mandel, Archivist

Contact Us: 845-758-7567 or Contact Us by Email