The Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is a special collection of research material on women artists.

To help maintain this one-of-a-kind resource, we ask research visitors entering the library to respect the following rules:

  • Please do not bring food or drink into the library.
  • Please check bags, purses, and/or coats with the Reference Desk.
  • Laptops, silenced cell phones, and all research material are permitted at research tables.
  • Only pencils are to be used in the LRC; no pens allowed.
  • Research appointments are strongly suggested in order to provide you with the highest levels of service.

Access to Material

Researchers may access reference books without assistance. The Reference Section is under the windows, against the far wall.

All other materials, including the main stacks, must be pulled for researchers by staff. Please ask at the reference desk for assistance or contact us with your requests in advance of your visit.

We provide computer access to the collection catalogue at a terminal near the reference desk.

Researchers are allowed a maximum of three books at one time or one box of archival material. Other requested material will be set aside until each item is reviewed.


The LRC provides duplication services for both long-distance and visiting researchers. Please see the Copyright Policy for additional information.

To initiate an order, a researcher must complete both a Research Registration Form and a Duplication form, both of which are available at the reference desk. Duplications will not be released until payment has been received. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: “National Museum of Women in the Arts” and may be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Library and Research Center
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Payment by check, cash, or money order is preferred. However, payment by credit card and by bank wire transfer is also possible for international requests. There is a $15.00 surcharge for bank wire transfers.


The fee for black and white photocopying is 25 cents per page and $1.00 per page for color copying. There will be a $0.75 per page surcharge for photocopy orders in excess of 200 pages per month.  In general, a fee of $5.00 is added to duplication requests initiated by phone, fax, email, or postal mail.  Scanning fees are detailed in the Policy on Providing Digital Surrogates of Library Material.

Digital Surrogates

The LRC can provide digital surrogates on request. Please refer to our Policy on Providing Digital Surrogates of Library Material. Not all requests will be granted.


Researchers may request permission to photograph LRC holdings using personal cameras. This permission is granted at the discretion of the Library Director and depends both on the fragility of the items and any copyright considerations. Please refer to the Policy on the Use of Cameras and Scanners for further information.  Not all requests will be granted.

Citing Material

When citing materials in the LRC collections, patrons should include the following information in the citation: a copyright notice (if the copyright holder is known); acknowledgment of the photographer, if applicable; the title of the collection; and the credit line, “National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library and Research Center.”