The Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts is a special collection of research material on women artists.

To help maintain this one-of-a-kind resource, we ask research visitors entering the library to respect the following rules:

  • Please do not bring food or drink into the library.
  • Please check bags, purses, and/or coats with the Reference Desk.
  • Laptops, silenced cell phones, and all research material are permitted at research tables.
  • Only pencils are to be used in the LRC; no pens allowed.
  • Research appointments are strongly suggested in order to provide you with the highest levels of service.


The LRC provides duplication services for both long-distance and visiting researchers.  The LRC complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is entirely the responsibility of the requester to determine and ensure that use of materials fully complies with copyright law and with other possible restrictions on use. The LRC reserves the right to refuse to accept a request to digitize material if, in the judgment of staff, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

To initiate an order, a researcher must complete a Research Registration Form, and if there are many items to copy, a Duplication Form, both of which are available at the reference desk. Duplications will not be released until payment has been received. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: “National Museum of Women in the Arts”.

Payment by check, cash, or money order is preferred. However, payment by credit card (Visa and Mastercard) and by bank wire transfer is also possible for international requests. There is a $15.00 surcharge for bank wire transfers.

  • Black and white photocopies: 25 cents per page
  • Color photocopies: $1.00 per page
  • Photocopy orders in excess of 200 pages per month: $0.75 per page surcharge.
  • Mailed copies: $5.00 flat fee (covers mailing costs)
  • Digital surrogates: Please refer to our Policy on Providing Digital Surrogates of Library Material.

Researchers may use their own cameras with flash disabled with permission of LRC staff.

Citing Material

When citing materials in the LRC collections, patrons should include the following information in the citation: a copyright notice (if the copyright holder is known); acknowledgment of the photographer if applicable; the title of the collection; and the credit line, “National Museum of Women in the Arts, Library and Research Center.”