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Spiva Art Reference Library

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The Spiva Art Reference Library offers a wide-ranging and exciting collection of specialized fine art publications and materials to explore.

American and Western American | Asian | Latin American | European | Modern and Contemporary | Fashion Design | Photography | Architecture

With more than a thousand books, periodicals, artist files, and other resources, you’ll find nearly endless ways to enrich your art experience at Spiva through further discovery and research.

About the Library

Located on the top floor of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, the Spiva Art Reference Library has a non-circulating collection supporting research in the visual arts.

The library collection is free and open to all for use on site. Spiva members can take home offerings for further reading and research (some books may require a deposit). Unique offerings include a large assortment of photography, as well as other visual artist monographs and detailed histories of many important art movements. The special collections include materials of institutional importance, such as items relating to Spiva’s permanent collection.

Spiva normal hours of operation apply.

Contact Us

Location & Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Wednesday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Thursday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Sunday: Closed

212 W. 7th Street
Joplin, M0 64801