Textile Museum Library

Textile Museum Library


The Textile Museum at the Arthur D. Jenkins
Library is among the far most resources to study textile arts. The library supports the
mission of the textile museum which is expanding knowledge and appreciation of artistic merits
as well as cultural importance of world textiles. The library does so through collecting and
making available literary and leisure resources to both the textile museum staff as well as
outside researchers and the general public. Textile Museum at the Arthur D. Jenkins Library
is open to the public 8 hours a week. We have about 20,000 volumes in the collection as
serials, monograms, pamphlets, and visual resources are available. Areas we encompass
are textile history, textile conservation, contemporary fiber arts, as well as textile
structure and technique. We have books about the cultures from Asia, Africa, Pacific Rim,
Americas, as well as Europe. The Textile Museum’s Arthur D. Jenkins Library supports
the mission of the museum. That library does so through providing resources too, for research
for its staff as well as outside public and research ends up developing knowledge that
we disseminate through programs. Education programs are organized in the textile museum
like our public program, Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator? which happens every first Wednesday
of the month as well as other educational programs like lectures and workshops. Outside
public usage also disseminates information. Researchers could be using the library for
their dissertation or their research papers or for upcoming exhibitions, publications,
or it could be for general, personal fulfillment and hunger for knowledge. The Textile Museum
Library was established at the same time the museum was established in 1925. The big growth
came in the late 1980s when Arthur D. Jenkins, who our library is named after, bequeathed
his library of textile books. That immensely increased the resources of the library. The
textile museum library is a non-circulating library, but our catalogue system is available
through our website called, Textile News. We are really striving to stay current and
accessible so it’s always changing; reflecting the current environment and we have books
going back to the 19th century and even actually the 1760s. We have a very special collection and to a
certain extent the uniqueness of it comes from some very rare books we have in the collection.

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