The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Library, founded as part of The Corning Museum of Glass in 1951, is a public institution that houses the world's most comprehensive collection of materials on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. The Library Collection ranges from medieval manuscripts to original works of art on paper to the latest information on techniques used by studio artists. More than 130 archives contain unique material from individual artists, galleries, companies, scholars, and organizations. The Library also presents exhibitions featuring rare items from its collection.
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Using the Library
Whether you wish to engage in extensive research or simply to learn more about an object you saw in the Museum’s galleries, our staff is ready to assist you. It is not necessary to make an appointment to use the Library, but if you have particular research interests, you are encouraged to notify the staff in advance of your visit so that relevant materials can be %%gathered%% and set aside for you.
The collection does not circulate. However,some Library items may be available through interlibrary loan. Researchers who wish to obtain Library materials should contact their local library.
Reference questions can be sent to the Rakow Research Library via letter, telephone, fax, or email. For in-depth research, a visit to the library is recommended. Click here to Ask a Librarian a question.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
12:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday (January 6 - February 17)
2013 Business Holidays Observed
- Good Friday - March 29
- Memorial Day - May 27
- Independence Day - July 4
- Labor Day - September 2
- Veteran's Day - November 11
- Thanksgiving - November 28-29
- Christmas - December 24-27
Fax: 607.438.5392 / 607.438.5394
Reference Questions: Ask a Librarian
- General inquiries: email@example.com
- Library donations: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library outreach: email@example.com
- Rights: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Acquisitions: email@example.com
Mail: The Rakow Research Library, 5 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830