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The Art Library in Memory of Meir Arison, Donated by the Ted Arison Family Foundation, is the leading art information center in Israel. It is a dedicated reference library for all fields of art, including the plastic arts, photography, architecture, design, and tangential disciplines such as crafts and art education.
The library’s collection contains around 100,000 books, about ninety printed journals, electronic journals, a rich multimedia collection, and computer databases. In addition, the Israeli Art Documentation Center, which is based at the library, regularly collects a variety of publications on artistic activity in Israel. All of these offer an up-to-date collection of research in the field of contemporary art and artistic endeavor in Israel and around the world. A generous donation from the Ted Arison Family Foundation has enabled new acquisitions on a regular basis, and the collection is also enhanced by a catalogue-exchange program with other museums and galleries in Israel and central museums around the world.
- Consulting and guidance services: The library staff is happy to help readers locate the materials they need, and provide guidance on how to use the various databases
- Photographic, printing, and scanning services are also available
- The library is a reference library only. Books cannot be borrowed
The following databases are available at the library:
- Haifa Legend of Hebrew articles
- Kotar: Israel’s Online Reference Library
- JSTOR Database: 12 million academic articles, across 75 disciplines
- ArtStor: Image Resource
- EBSCO: Articles from arts and culture magazines, ebooks, etc.
- Grove® Art Online: Encyclopedia of Art
- Artprice: The online art price database
- Guide to Israeli Art on the Web: An online search engine focused on Israeli websites devoted to art, architecture, design, and related issues
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Vimeo channel: Meetings, lectures, and interviews with artists and curators, all available for free viewing from the library or via remote access
The library’s catalogue can also be viewed remotely, online, without visiting the library.
Databases of books, articles, and images are only accessible via the library’s computers.