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Welcome to your library!


The library is a resource center for the museum’s community. The Felix J. Dreyfous library of the New Orleans Museum of Art aims to support the museum’s mission to “inspire the love of art; to collect, preserve, exhibit and present excellence in the visual arts; to educate, challenge and engage a diverse public.” The library achieves this by acquiring and making available appropriate collections of print and electronic resources including exhibition and artist archives.


The library offers the following:

Over 20,000 books and 70 journal subscriptions about art and art related topics, Wi-fi, electrical plug-ins for laptops, a computer work station, interlibrary loans, on-line scholarly databases, on-line art databases.

Reference service is provided by full time librarian with a Masters in Library and Information Science. To contact email scork@noma.org

The library also offers the NOMA Book Club programs, including discussion groups (all the books are related to art), author events, field trips, and curatorial programs.


Did you know that you can honor a loved one, or a significant event with a book plate in a book at the library? Call the librarian at 504-658-4117 or email to scork@noma.org to find out how.


Art museums and art museum libraries
http://www.aaa.si.edu/ Archives of American Art Archives of American Art – “With over 16 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.” (Archives of American Art website)

http://www.getty.edu/research/library/ Getty Research Insitute – Union List of Artist’s names that leads to biographical and family information, and bibliographies of artists.

http://sirismm.si.edu/siris/julquickstart.htm Smithsonian photography archives include portraits of American artists, and portraits by other categories

Art terms

http://www.artlex.com/ “definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art / visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references “ (Artlex.com website)

Art history

http://arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html Comprehenisve – gives access to information on types of art by era, country of origin, school, and movement.

http://www.infoplease.com/art.html Infoplease art page. Links to articles about many aspects of art history

Libraries and Library Organizations

http://catalog.loc.gov/ Library of Congress online catalogs. “14 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.” (LOC website)

http://www.worldcat.org/ World Cat “Finds items in libraries near you” (Worldcat website)

http://www.state.lib.la.us/ The State library of Louisiana’s home page. From this page you can search the catalogs of libraries across Louisiana, find out about jobs in Louisiana libraries and other services.


White Road by Ivan Sigal. Steidl, October 15, 2012; ISBN: 386930538X

White Road consists of a two volume set, one primarily text, the other pictures, that explores Ivan Sigal’s photographic work over a ten year period in Central Asia. The publication accompanied an exhibition of the same body of work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC in 2012 and 2013. The publication’s two volumes, beautifully produced, echo each other in text and image. The pictures function like little parts of speech, a noun here, a verb there, that collectively form a poetic interrogation of life in this part of the world. Sigal’s non-fiction text is comprised of fragments, much like his photographs, that form a kind of call-and-response to the images. Coordinated by Paul Roth, Senior Curator of Photography and Media Arts, this book and exhibition explore the role that photographic sequencing plays in the creation of narrative forms. —Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs

The exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts At The World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 will be on view at NOMA April 12 through August 4, 2013.

Check out this link from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art that discusses the exhibition.

In this video, WDSU-TV celebrates the World’s Fair in New Orleans in 1984. (By Steve Griggs)



To join the NOMA Book Club and to RSVP for meetings call Sheila Cork (Librarian) at 504-658-4117 or email at scork@noma.org.

The Museum Shop offers a 20% discount on NOMA Book Club items when you show your book club card.

All book club discussion groups and special programs start promptly at noon. Please come at 11:30 a.m. if you would like to eat a sack lunch and chat with friends first. NOMA provides soft drinks and water.

Don’t forget to RSVP for the meetings you will be attending.

Please click here to visit our Events section for a current list of upcoming meetings.

Check out these pictures from the January 2012 Field Trip to New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking School, 727 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. The photographs were taken by the staff at Glassworks.