Charlotte Whitney Allen Library

Library and Teacher Resource Center

Looking for information on a favorite artist or an art-related topic? Stop by one of the region’s most extensive visual arts libraries. Since the Gallery opened in 1913, its library has served area art-lovers. Today, the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library is open to the public for browsing and research, and to MAG members, UR students, faculty & staff, and K-12 & home-school teachers for borrowing.

We offer books and media for adults and children, on such topics as:

  • art history and technique
  • museum studies
  • local artists
  • works in the Gallery’s collections
  • Memorial Art Gallery history

Explore our Library Guides for teachers! Go to the Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources page and search for Library Guides in the Subject/Topic search box.

The Allen Library is open to the public for research purposes. To make an appointment to visit the Library outside of public hours, call the Library’s Information Desk at 585.276.8999.

Library Hours

Open Wednesday–Friday 1–5 pm
Closed Saturday–Tuesday
Other times by appointment

Holiday closings:
Thursday, November 28th-Friday November 29th, 2019
Wednesday, December 25th 2019-Wednesday, January 1st 2020

The library will also be closed on Friday, August 23rd


Teacher Resource Center

If you’re an area educator looking for art-related teaching materials, look no further than the Teacher Resource Center located in the Gallery’s Charlotte Whitney Allen Library. Experienced library and education staff can help you integrate visual images into your curriculum and classroom experience.

We offer lesson plans and visual materials for all curricula:


Library Catalog

Search Summon, the online catalog of the University of Rochester, to see the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library’s book and journal holdings—or—search Rochester-area libraries through WorldCat.



Search for an item in Rochester-area public & academic libraries through WorldCat:

RRLC Rochester Regional Library Council
Funding for WorldCat is provided by the Rochester Regional Library Council through a grant from the New York State Education Department.