About the Library

The Museum's Art Library was established in 1938 with an initial collection of private donations. It soon expanded and developed thanks to a 1972 grant from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, and continues to do so with private sponsors and donors. In recent years, the library has acquired books, journals and computerized databases through the support of The Marc Rich Foundation for Education, Culture and Welfare, and The American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
One of the Library's chief goals is the documentation of artistic activity in Israel, through the collection of published materials such as catalogues and books as well as personal archives, newspaper clippings, all of which are held at the Library's Documentation Center of Israeli Art.

In 2011, the Library relocated to the Paul and Herta Amir Building and renamed the Art Library in Memory of Meir Arison, donated by the Ted Arison Family Foundation. The collection now expands over two spacious day-lit floors. The Library now enjoys modern designed furniture, advanced lighting and a pleasant and inviting work environment for visitors and employees.

The new Library seeks to address a readership beyond its target readership of art students and researchers, and to offer the public a place to pause and leaf through catalogues and periodicals during their visit.

The Library seeks to enhance and update its collection of catalogues and contemporary research, and operates a catalogue-exchange program with major museums throughout the world, to create a collection representing worldwide contemporary art.  


The Library Collection

The Library holds some 75,000 books, 100 periodicals, and a collection of multimedia and computerized databases. The Documentation Center of Israeli Art holds about 6,000 artist files.


Library Services

Research and Reference Services: the Library staff assists readers in utilizing all information resources, either individually or through group instructions, to be booked in advance.
Computer Workstations: there are six online computer workstations available to readers. Wireless access is available throughout the Library.
Photocopying, Scanning and Printing Services: photocopying, scanning and printing are available at a charge. Photocopier charges are payable by credit cards or cash (coins).There are two black-and-white photocopiers, one color photocopier and two A3 scanners.

Borrowing and Loans

The Library is a reference library and materials cannot be borrowed. The Library is open to the general public, who may use its consultation services and databases without charge beyond the Museum entrance charge. We recommend becoming a Museum member.


Bags and carriers must be left at the cloakroom on the ground (entrance) floor. Clear plastic bags are provided for items you may wish to carry.