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Murphy Art & Architecture Library



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The Murphy Art & Architecture Library, located on the first level of the Spencer Museum of Art, supports the teaching and research programs in the Departments of Art, Design, History of Art, Architecture, Urban Planning, and the collections of the Art Museum. The library's collection of more than 170,000 volumes documents the visual arts worldwide and from all ages. The collection offers visual as well as textual information in book, journal and electronic formats. Special strengths of the collection include art and architecture of the 19th through 21st centuries, architectural design, American art, East Asian art, Netherlandish art of the 16th and 17th centuries, plus the history and techniques of crafts such as ceramics, textiles, metalsmithing/jewelry. A book return for library materials is located west of the Spencer Museum of Art, close by the rear entrance to the building. 

Art & Architecture Library

Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


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