Ringling Museum Art Library to Reopen to Public in New Space
Sarasota, FL—March 28, 2007-- The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library, one of the largest art museum libraries in the Southeast, has moved its collection to the new Education/Conservation Building on the Ringling estate and opened to the public on Monday, March 19, 2007.
"It is a fantastic home for our collection, serving museum staff, the public, scholars and students," said Linda McKee, head librarian of the state-of-the- art facility.
The new square foot space includes an oak room devoted to John Ringling's original collection of art books, a multi-media room for visitors to view films from the Museum’s growing DVD collection, and tables and chairs for comfortable reading and research purposes.
The library has a collection of more than 70,000 holdings including books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals and auction catalogues. The collection includes rare books from the 16th to 20th centuries. The library conducts and supports research on the museum's collection of Italian and European Baroque Art, 20th-century Art, Decorative Arts, Peter Paul Rubens, Contemporary Art, and photography.
The library's holdings catalogue is now available to the public on the internet at www.ringling.org.
The expanded and modernized quarters represent one more step in the recent transformation of the art museum to one of the top 20 largest museums in North America.
Library visiting hours for the public are 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and by appointment at other times.
The Education/Conservation Building is located on the south side of the museum off Bayshore Road. To obtain more information or to arrange an appointment, please contact 941.359.5700, Ext. 2702.