Charlotte Whitney Allen Library

Library and Teacher Resource Center

Due to occupancy limitations for your safety,
appointments to access the library are required until further notice.

Please call 585-276-8999 or email maglibinfo@mag.rochester.edu to schedule a visit!

By appointment, and Wednesday–Friday 12-4 pm

Holiday closings 2022-2023:
Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25
Friday, December 23-Tuesday, January 4

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

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.


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:

  • Art history and art-making books and magazines
  • Posters
  • Children’s books
  • Kits
  • CD-ROMs, DVDs and Videos