Charlotte Whitney Allen Library

View of the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library

Charlotte Whitney Allen Library
and Teacher Resource Center

As of March 23rd, 2015, the elevator that reaches the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library on the 3rd floor of Cutler Union is out of order. Should this make it difficult for you to visit the library, please contact us in advance of your visit to the Gallery, and we will pull materials for you and leave them to be picked up at the Admission Desk. Book returns will also be accepted at the Admission Desk. Thank you for your understanding. Phone: 585.276.8999 Email:

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 or email Librarian Lu Harper.

Ask us a reference question online.

Library Hours

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

Holiday closings:
Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015 – Friday, January 1, 2016


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:



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