► The Hirsch Library is hard at work! The public reading room remains open as usual, but please note that some of the book collections are temporarily inaccessible until full access is restored on Friday, February 1. If searching the online catalog, please contact library staff to ensure your books are available. Learn more
Since the 1920s, the Hirsch Library has served the Museum staff, art researchers, college students, and the public by collecting, providing access to, and preserving information about the visual arts.
The Hirsch Library is open free of charge to all individuals interested in visual-arts research.
The Hirsch Library is closed on Sunday, Monday, and the following holidays. Before selected holiday weekends, the library closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday and is closed on Saturday. Call or e-mail for more information.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Good Friday and Easter
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Weekend: Thursday–Sunday
- Christmas Day
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.