Stout Reference Library

The libraries will reopen to the public, by appointment, on July 1, 2021.

The Stout Reference Library is a non-circulating collection that is available to Newfields staff, docents, students, collectors, researchers, and community members who conduct research on Indianapolis Museum of Art's collection and the visual arts in general. The collection of about 110,000 volumes includes books, magazines and journals, auction catalogs, ephemera files, and museum and gallery publications from around the world. The library also subscribes to a number of electronic databases that support art historical and market research. New books are regularly added to our collection.

The library welcomes gifts and donations from members of the community on a selective basis. To find out more about the library’s collecting interests please consult our collection development policy.



Reference Services

Reference librarians can provide limited assistance to patrons needing to find resources to support their art research. You can contact the library by calling 317-923-1331 x 276 or emailing In order to help you better please provide the following information to the best of your knowledge:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • The nature of your question.
  • Which, if any, resources you have already consulted.

Please be aware that we cannot answer any questions related to the value or authentication of works of art. Works of art may not be brought into the library at any time.

Search the Catalog

The Stout Reference Library makes its holdings searchable through the Indianapolis Public Library's Online Catalog. To limit your search to the Stout Reference Library holdings, click on the "Advanced Search" button and select "Indianapolis Museum of Art Library" from the Library menu under Additional Limits.