About the Bartlett Library and Archives
The Bartlett Library and Archives documents the history of the museum and provides books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, artist files and other resources to support research and study related to museum’s collection of objects. Our library opened along with the museum on September 5, 1953 (though it was not named in honor of founder Florence Dibell Bartlett until 1999).
Anyone with an interest in learning more about folk art is welcome to use our materials, including books about folk art, folklife and customs; papers and images related to the museum’s history; and papers, images and recordings representing the work of scholars in our field. This is not a circulating library. You are welcome to visit and use the materials in our collection, but nothing can be checked out or taken home.
Our catalog is available online at http://library.internationalfolkart.org.
Hours and Contact
The Library is open by appointment and by chance. If you need to use the Library, please schedule ahead. If you stop in without an appointment, we will welcome you if we are able.
If you have reference questions, wish to make an appointment, or would like to contact the Bartlett Library and Archives for any other reason, please feel free to call us at 505-476-1210 or email the librarian and archivist at any time.
Visiting the Library and Archives
Wireless internet access and electrical outlets are available in the library, and you are welcome to use your own laptop or tablet. Personal belongings such as bags and backpacks will be held for you in the librarian’s office during your visit.
When you visit, the librarian will ask you to complete a form giving your contact information and describing the research you are doing. Then we will discuss your research interests to make sure that we are providing the fullest use of our collections. Library staff are not able to perform extensive research for you, but we will be happy to help you find materials in the Bartlett Library and Archives to support your own research.