The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Library is a reference library of more than 10,000 volumes specializing in art history and art reference with emphasis on the Museum collections. Included are books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues and other research materials, many of which are historically significant. The Library materials are non-circulating and may be used only within the Library.
Of special note are reference materials dealing with American art, Native American art, Japanese art and Georgian silver. A collection of Mississippiana housed in the Museum Reading Room supports the study of Mississippi art and culture.
The hours of the Museum Library & Archives are 10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. For research assistance, please make an appointment by calling 601-649-6374.
The Library and Archives collections include the following:
Art magazines, museum publications and other serial publications available for browsing and research.
Exhibition announcements, pamphlets and brochures documenting the work and exhibition record of individual artists.
Art, antiques and rare books catalogues from auction houses including Christie's, Sotheby's, Neal, Phillips and others.
Miscellaneous materials on art, Laurel and Jones County, Mississippi, museums, and travel.
Personal correspondence, old printed items, pamphlets, memorabilia, autographs and other archival materials relating to the arts, Laurel and Jones County, and Mississippi history.
Historical photographs documenting Laurel and Jones County.
An extensive collection of early 20th century travel picture postcards from around the world, as well as a complete collection of historic Laurel postcards.
Video programs on art and artists, and programs and lectures sponsored by the Museum.
Gifts of books and donations relating to the Library collections are welcome. Donated books are acknowledged and those added to the collection are marked with a Museum bookplate noting the donor's name and the name of the person in whose memory or honor the book was donated.