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About the Art Library

Located on the sixth floor of Rosenthal Library, Queens College Art Library has developed since the founding of its collection in 1937 into a leading art library of the City University of New York (CUNY). Its resources in the visual arts and material culture address all aspects of art and architectural history, including theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice. The Art Library holds approximately 100,000 books, some 100 current periodical subscriptions and 137 closed periodical subscriptions, 60,000+ pamphlets and exhibition catalogs, 60,000+ images, QC M.A. theses in art history, and special collections. Many more materials are accessible electronically.

The Queens College Art Center, a part of the Art Library, was founded and operated by it through June 2013. It is now led through the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

The Art Library is open during the regular hours of Rosenthal, with professional support scheduled Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 9 PM, and Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. We look forward to welcoming you in Art.

Rosenthal Library
Sixth Floor
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
718-997-3770

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We all look forward to welcoming and assisting you in Art. Unless otherwise noted, staff is available during the posted Art staffed hours.

New @ the Art Library

Korea: Politically Apart but Culturally Akin

Korea: Politically Apart but Culturally Akin

Resources for Research in the Queens College Libraries

December 8, 2016–June 30, 2017

The Korean peninsula is a relatively small but strategically located land at the crossroads of northeast Asia, surrounded on three sides by water. Equally known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities, it has emerged from the shadows as a country bursting with splendor. Despite being known as the “Land of the Morning Calm,” it has endured turbulent invasions by many empires, and a political split into North and South Korea, still united by one language but divided in so many ways. It is nevertheless a country steeped in rich traditions and culture. The essence of Korean culture is based on Confucian notions of harmony and order, and the beauty of its art and architecture lies in its simplicity and an extraordinary feeling of synchronization with nature. Korea of today is a nation in which traditional arts, as well as pop music, film, and drama, are celebrated markers of global culture. Traditional beliefs stand alongside a contemporary outlook, making for a rich mosaic in both land and culture.

This exhibition in the Barham Rotunda Gallery of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library will sample print and electronic materials in a variety of formats that document the culture, peoples, history, and arts of Korea in the Queens College libraries.

Curated by Mary Glynn, Sevastoula Kasparian, Monica Montana, Maria Karlberg Levin, Paul Remeczki, Suzanna Simor, Donna Schultz, Catherine De La Cruz, Janeisha Farquharsen, and Thomas O Malley.

Presented by Queens College Art Library as part of the Year of Korea programming at Queens College.

December 8, 2016–June 30, 2017: Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library.

  • December 8, 2016–March 17, 2017: Barham Rotunda, Third Floor
  • March 27, 2017–June 30, 2017: Lobby, Second Floor

For more information visit the Year of Korea or contact the Queens College Art Library: 718-997-3770, artlibrary@qc.cuny.edu.


Given the challenges most of us face now, the Art Library is pleased that it can offer its users growing resources acquired by purchases and gifts, and an increasing number of art publications accessible online. Recently, e.g., the material collections have been enriched by the outstanding libraries focused on the Italian and to some extent Northern Renaissance, bequests of the late Professors James H. Beck, of Columbia University, and Creighton E. Gilbert, of the QC Art Department and later Yale University. A donation by the Metropolitan Museum of Art has added several hundred current art monographs. Numerous other donations are bringing in important publications and documents, which otherwise it would be difficult to acquire, that strengthen the research potency of the Queens College libraries. The Art Library appreciates the generosity of its supporters.


Working with media has become easier with Shared Shelf, a platform available through the Artstor Digital Library. Web-based media management software, Shared Shelf enables institutions to easily manage, store, use, organize, share, and publish their institutional and faculty media collections within their institution or publicly on the Web. With Shared Shelf's built-in layered privacy controls, restricted access may be provided for local, institutional, or consortial use, i.e. a collection may be made accessible via a single institution website (e.g. QC Department, etc.), a group of institutions (e.g. CUNY), or open-access websites, and also may be published into a workspace that will provide a single point of access to our local content and the Artstor Digital Library.

For more information contact artlibrary@qc.cuny.edu.

Images of the Art Library are courtesy of and © Terry Kattleman.

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