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Mary Church Terrell Main Library
148 W College St. Oberlin, OH 44074-1545


The main visitor lot is the east Service Building lot, and the south row of the Carnegie Building lot for visitors to offices within that building.

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Access to the Art Library is currently by appointment only. 

Book Art Library Access

The Clarence Ward Art Library collections provide broad-based coverage of the history, theory, criticism, and practice of the visual arts to support the teaching, research, and art practices of Oberlin students, faculty, curators, and staff.

Art Library Overview
Art Library Overview
Art Library Overview
Art Library Overview

The Art Library's open current open hours are by appointment only. Book study space, computers, and access to check out library materials using LibCal Seats, and learn how to find the art library during COVID-19 and what services the library provides from the comics The Art Library is Open and The Art Library: 100,000+ Books All About Art

The library’s 110,000 volumes and electronic resources cover prehistoric art through contemporary experiments worldwide, with particular strengths in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, African art, Asian art, Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, 16th and 17th century Dutch and Flemish art, 19th and 20th century British and American architecture, Expressionism, and modern art created after World War II.

The library offers rich special collections as well.  Rare volumes include the Thomas Jefferson Architecture Collection, The Art and Science of Color Collection, and European imprints on architecture, gardening and landscape design.  Modern highlights include collections of "artists' books" and "Mail Art".  All special collections are available for viewing by Oberlin students, faculty, curators, and staff with a valid OCID.

Located on the top floor of the iconic Venturi Art Building, the library is named for its founder, Clarence Ward, who served as director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Chair of the Art Dept. and Professor of Architectural History, from 1917 to 1948.