Find answers and learn more about many areas of art through the libraries’ thousands of research resources.
Search the Library Catalogue
We have more than 50,000 books, exhibition catalogues, videos, and electronic resources available to you.
The libraries offer our patrons access to databases which provide unparalleled access to important research material. These databases must be used on-site in one of the library reading rooms.
Search thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly journals. Articles include images and date back to the 19th century.
Access biographical, bibliographical, and sales information on more than 100,000 American artists.
Funding for this resource, part of the American Art Library, is provided by Susan Winokur and Paul Leach with additional funding provided by members of the Council of American Art and the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.
Look up auction records from more than 500 of the leading international auction houses.
Oxford Art Online
Through a single gateway, users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works:
Grove Art Online, the
Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics,
The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Funding for this resource is provided by the Amanda Snyder Endowment
Official Museum Directory Online
The OMD currently lists over 15,200 institutions of every size and type in all 50 states, including museums, houses/sites, planetariums, science-technology centers, art galleries/centers, aquariums and zoological parks.
Selected Online Resources
Library staff have prepared these online guides especially for our patrons. These resources, provided by authoritative institutions and organizations, offer valuable information on the artists, periods, styles, and cultures represented in the Seattle Art Museum's art collection.
Northwest Art Resources
The Seattle Art Museum has a long tradition supporting and showcasing artists of our region. Learn more about our local artists and important people in the arts through these exceptional resources. Materials must be consulted in the Bullitt Library reading room.
Northwest artists' files: Clipping files on over 7,000 artists from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and the Province of British Columbia. Files must be consulted in the Bullitt Library reading room.
Northwest annual exhibition resources: checklists, occasional installation photographs, and brochures are available for:
The Northwest Annual (1914–1977)
The International Exhibition of Northwest Printmakers (1929–1970)
The Northwest Watercolor Society Annual (1942–1975)
Seattle International Exhibition of Photography (1943–1971)
Exhibition of Residential Architecture (1950–1980)
Documents Northwest: The PONCHO Series (1983–2004)
online resources for Northwest art
See what library staff and curators recommend as the best sources of information on a particular artist or area of art. Resources on these lists are available for consultation in library reading rooms.