The following online tools can help you find the information you need electronically or assist you in preparing for a visit to one of our libraries.
Locate books, journals, videos and exhibition catalogues in our collection of more than 45,000 resources.
Locate books, curriculum guides, videos, lessons plans and other materials specifically tailored to educators in the Wyckoff Teacher Resource Center’s collection of over 4,000 resources. You can narrow your search by format (books, prints, etc.), topic, grade level, and/or curriculum.
The library has created these “self-help” research pages especially for our patrons. They provide broad information on particular historical periods and styles of art represented in the Seattle Art Museum's collection.
These bibliographies, prepared by SAM Library staff, provide resources specific to past, present and upcoming exhibitions, as well as areas of the permanent collection. All resources are available for consultation at the SAM Libraries.
The SAM research libraries currently subscribe to nearly 100 publications, with holdings of more than 200 additional publications. In addition to this list, you can also search the library catalogue by the title of the publication you want.
Looking for information on one of SAM’s art objects? This is a great place to start. Search SAM’s collection of more than 23,000 objects. Check out the Close Ups online collection for in-depth information on 100 of SAM’s favorite objects. Listen to curators and scholars discuss objects in-depth in the SAM Audio section.
The publications featured here spotlight objects from SAM's collection and are available for download, free of charge.
This series of interview transcripts comes from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. 196 interviews of some of the most important people in Northwest art are transcribed here.
JSTOR Access: museum computers only
AskART Access: museum computers only; requires login for auction data
ArtNet.com Access: museum computers only
Bridgeman Art Library Access: museum computers only