Led by Shannon O’Quinn, library assistant, Hirsch Library

Did you know that the Museum’s Hirsch Library is open to the public? With thousands of books on art to choose from, the Hirsch Library also offers engaging exhibitions featuring materials from the rare books collection! These exhibitions, often organized by library staff, highlight recent acquisitions, exquisitely illustrated books, and rare printed matter.

Enjoy a 20-minute, special-edition tour of Alluring Melancholy: Representations of the Tormented Artist that focuses on Romantic visionary William Blake. Learn about Blake’s life and influence as well as his designs for the rare book featured in the installation: The Complaint, and the Consolation; or, Night Thoughts by Edward Young. 

Drop in! This program is free. The Hirsch Library is always free to visit.

► Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.


The MFAH Hirsch Library is generously endowed through the Estates of Winifred and Maurice Hirsch.

The library also receives generous funding from Mr. William J. Hill.