About the Hirsch Library
The Libraries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, constitute the largest art museum library facilities in the South Central United States. Our service-minded team has provided scholarly and educational support to the Museum’s staff and the Houston arts community for nearly a century. This commitment to service is carried out at two state-of-the-art research facilities: the Hirsch Library, located in the Law Building on the Sarofim Campus; and the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center, at Bayou Bend.
Information services are offered for free inside Hirsch Library five days a week, with phone and e-mail service availability on Mondays. Librarians can help you locate research materials from our online catalog, print out detailed reports of objects in the MFAH collection, and provide individual instruction and reference assistance for all visual arts research questions.
For assistance with your research, please visit or contact the Hirsch Library.
As the institution’s primary research facility, Hirsch Library maintains a robust collection of roughly 175,000 volumes devoted to the visual arts, including books and periodicals, auction catalogues, unique artist books, rare books and special collections. Noteworthy contributions to the library come from the collections of Edgar Peters Bowron, Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio, Alfred C. Glassell, Jr., Manfred Heiting, Garth Jowett, Joan Morgenstern, Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Clinton T. Willour.
Art on View
Situated in the Museum's Caroline Wiess Law Building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Hirsch Library showcases significant works of art that range from paintings to sculptures to works on paper, and even site-specific installations in the spacious reading room.
- Carlos Cruz-Diez, Physichromie 684
- Robert Graham, Fountain Figure, No. 1, Fountain Figure, No. 2, and Fountain Figure, No. 3
- Robert Lobe, Culver’s Gap
- René Magritte, The Kiss (Le Baiser)
- Matthew Sontheimer, Inside Out
- Ettore Sottsass, Vase, from the series Ceramiche delle Tenebre (Ceramics of Darkness)