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The Anne and James F. Crumpacker Family Library is the region’s most comprehensive visual art resource open to students, researchers, docents, staff, and the public. The Library’s collection of more than 35,000 volumes originated in 1895 and includes current and historical periodicals, art archives, and resources specific to the Museum’s history and encyclopedic art collection. The Library’s comfortable reading room and irreplaceable, non-circulating collection is located on the second floor of the Mark Building.

Resources include:

  • Exhibition catalogues, books, journals, and A/V relating to the Museum’s art collection and Northwest artists
  • The Portland Art Museum Archive, including institutional records, PAM exhibition catalogues back to the late 1800s, and exhibition reviews, news articles, and ads, referencing the efforts of the Northwest and Portland art scene founders
  • The Portland Center for the Visual Arts (PCVA) Archive
  • The Archive of The Art Gym at Marylhurst University
  • Northwest Artists Files
  • Art Museum Collection Artists Files

The Library is open by appointment to researchers, offering public computers and wireless Internet, an audio-visual viewing station, and research assistance.

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Contact the Library at for general inquiries.
If you are unable to email, the Library’s voicemail will be intermittently checked during the Museum closure: 503-276-4215.

Purchase our duplicate or out-of-scope books to benefit the Library.

Crumpacker Family Library



MON–THU    Noon–5 p.m.*
FRI–SUN    Closed