LibraryThe Library’s collection includes more than 30,500 fine art books, 35 art periodical subscriptions, 3,100 music CDs, 2,500 entertainment and educational videos, and 2,000 artists’ files.

Also available are Internet-based computers, color and black-and-white printers, color photocopier, scanning workstation, DVD/CD multimedia system, and Wi-Fi.


Concentrating primarily on 19th and 20th century American and European art, contemporary international art, and 19th-century decorative arts, the library’s holdings excel in art history, art theory, aesthetics, and photography.

Additional reference tools include full and partial-text databases, art auction catalogs, and biographical dictionaries and encyclopedias.

For more information on available resources, browse the MWPAI Library Catalog.

Interested in learning more about Edward Root’s Art Library? Download more information, here.

Films and Music

The Library boasts an impressive entertainment and educational film collection of classic and contemporary movies in DVD and VHS format. The diverse CD collection offers an array of classical, folk, jazz, and world music.

All Movie Rentals Free With Membership


New at the Library


The Acrylics & Gouache Artist’s Handbook by Barron’s Educational Series

The Art of Mistakes: Unexpected Painting Techniques & the Practice of Creative Thinking by Melanie Rothschild

Color Mixing Bible: All You’ll Ever Need To Know About Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Ink, and Color by Ian Sidaway

Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas & Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist by Karen Michel

Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century by Nato Thompson

Unexpected Art: Serendipitous Installations, Site-Specific Works, and Surprising Interventions edited by Jenny Moussa Spring


Brooklyn (2016)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

The Illusionist (2011)

Spotlight (2015)



The Library serves MWPAI members, PrattMWP students, MWPAI employees, and the general public. MWPAI members and PrattMWP students may borrow materials from the collection. The general public is invited to utilize the resources in the library. Research assistance is available in-person, as well as via phone and email.

Located in the Academic Building, on the corner of State and Henry Streets, the Library is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., and closed on Sunday. For PrattMWP students and MWPAI employees, library hours are extended Monday – Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout the school year.

For research assistance or more information, please contact our library staff at (315) 797-0000, ext. 2123 or at


New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.