The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library

Horticultural Hall
2nd Floor
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

The Museum of Fine Arts Library comprises the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library, the W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and nine curatorial department libraries. 

The combined library holdings total more than 320,000 items and reflect the strengths of the Museum’s collections: Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Americas; Art of the Ancient World; Art of Europe; Musical Instruments; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; and Textile and Fashion Arts. The Library supports research on the Museum's permanent collections, special exhibitions, and general art hisory.

The library's holdings are reflected in the Fenway Libraries Online (FLO).

Policies and procedures of library use.


Monday–Friday, 1–5 pm, except major holidays. An appointment is not required. Researchers visiting from out of town may want to contact the library in advance with any special requests.

Current Library Exhibition

Additional information about the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library

Visit the MFA on Facebook every Tuesday to learn about the Museum Collection and History

For more information, please contact the Museum Archives directly at 617-369-3378. 


The W. Van Alan Clark Jr. Library, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
230 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


The Library is open to the public. Museum admission is not required for access. The library's holdings are reflected in the Fenway Libraries Online Catalog (FLO). The collections circulate only to patrons with FLO library accounts. Black-and-white photocopies may be made for $.07/copy and a scanner is also available.


Public Transportation

Take the Green Line E car to the "Museum of Fine Arts" stop.

Semester Hours 

Monday–Thursday, 9 am–8 pm
Friday, 9 am–5 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1 pm–5 pm

Summer, Winter, and Spring Break Hours 

The W.Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library will be closed beginning May 26th through September 2014.
Due to construction on the SMFA campus, the W. Van Alan Clark Library will be closed from Monday, May 26 until classes resume in the fall. Library staff will be available throughout the summer to assist users, provide reference consultations and arrange access to and circulation of items in our collections as needed. Remote access to our electronic resources will be uninterrupted.

The library book drop will also be relocated to the atrium so that items may be returned throughout the summer, though we are also happy to grant extended loan periods. Patrons may continue to request books through the FLO consortium and the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog; however, we encourage anyone needing materials from other FLO libraries to go to those libraries in person if possible.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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View of the Wm Morris Hunt Memorial Library with painting by Ashley Cummock-Rose