As one of the major art reference libraries in the Great Lakes Bay Region, the Library houses over 1,100 books, catalogues, and periodicals. Reflecting the Museum's rich and distinctive collection, the Library's holdings focus on American, European, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art.

A selection of subjects includes antiquities, architecture, art appreciation and criticism, art history and movements, arts and crafts, design and d├ęcor, drawing, graphic design, monographs, museum collections, oriental art, photography, sacred art, sculpture, and art from cultures and regions throughout the United States and the world.

The non-lending library is open during Museum hours. No appointment is necessary.