Hours: Wednesday-Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-1:30pm (subject to change without notice)
Information: (808) 532-8754
The Robert Allerton Art Library, a non-circulating research facility, is an invaluable resource for members of the Honolulu Museum of Art, art collectors, art students, and anyone else with an interest in art. There is no museum admission charge for those only visiting the library.
With a collection of some 50,000 books and periodicals, extensive biographical files on artists of Hawai’i and elsewhere, and auction catalogues dating to the beginning of the 20th century, the library is the state’s premier source of art information.
Some areas of the library's special collections (including the Richard Lane, Hiroko Ikeda, and Azabu Collections) are now searchable through the online catalog. These materials have restricted access, and permission is required for their use. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The online library catalog has been made available with generous support from the Robert F. Lange Foundation.
New publications in the library:
• The Black Hat Eccentric, Karl Debreczeny (Rubin Museum of Art)
• Engraved at Lahainaluna: A History of Printmaking by Hawaiians at the Lahainaluna Seminary, David W. Forbes (Hawaiian Mission Children's Society)
• The Beauty of the Moment: Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints, ed. Katharina Epprecht (Scheidegger und Spiess), includes essay by Honolulu Museum of Art Asian Art Curator Shawn Eichman
• Doris Duke's Shangri La: A House in Paradise, ed. Thomas Mellins and Donald Albrecht (Skira Rizzoli)
• Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement, Richard Kendall, Jill Devonyar (Royal Academy of Arts)
• Yueyao: The Coming of Age of Chinese Ceramics (Priestley & Ferraro Chinese Art)
Support the library
The museum maintains an online wish list of books and periodicals it would like to add to the library's collection.