Robert Allerton Art Library

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 10am-3:30pm, Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
Information: 808-532-8754,
Admission: Free. No museum charge to visit only the library

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 55,000 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, such as 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 The online library catalog has been made available with generous support from the Robert F. Lange Foundation.

If you are interested in requesting permission to reproduce artwork from the Honolulu Museum of Art collection please contact the Collections Registrar at

ロバ-トアラ-トン美術ライブラリ-はホノルル美術館内のア-ト専門図書館です。どうぞお気軽にお立ち寄りください。なお蔵書に関するご質問は までお問い合わせください。日本人スタッフがお答えいたします。

What's new

Further reading for current exhibitions:

• Zen Landscapes: Download the list of resources
• Hiroshige's City: From Edo to Tokyo: Download the list of resources

Support the library

The museum maintains an online wish list of books and periodicals it would like to add to the library's collection.