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The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to furnish staff, students, and the general public with research materials about American decorative arts. Since then it has become a recognized research center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.

The library, located in the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Research Building, is open to all interested readers without appointment or charge, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; and the second Saturday of the month, April through December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; it is closed on legal holidays. Saturday visitors must request special collections material (Rare Books, Manuscripts, Archives, Visual Resources) via email to by noon on the Friday before. Staff welcomes inquiries and will respond in as timely a manner as possible.

The holdings of the library are cataloged in WinterCat, an online catalog available at Winterthur as well as through Winterthur’s web site. Bibliographic records of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and photographs are added daily to WinterCat, offering researchers an opportunity to inquire about the full range of the library's holdings. The library’s bibliographic records are contributed to WorldCat, a comprehensive online resource maintained by OCLC.

In addition, library staff has created a number of databases recording our more visually significant collections.

A variety of short- and long-term fellowships are available at Winterthur. Applications are due in January, and awards are announced in April. Fellows enjoy many staff privileges, including 24-hour access to portions of the library.

Overnight lodging is available for a modest fee at Winterthur's Visiting Scholars Residence.  For details, contact Facilities Services Division at 302.888.4753.

Learn more about the Winterthur Library.

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