About the Library

About the Library

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 190 archives contain unique material from individual artists, galleries, companies, scholars, and organizations. The Library also presents exhibitions featuring items from its collection. Learn more about Library history and about supporting the Library Acquisition Fund.

Hours

The Reading Room at the Rakow Library

Regular Hours
9 am – 5 pm, every day

2018 Business Holidays Observed

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Good Friday: March 30
  • Memorial Day: May 28
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: September 3
  • Veterans Day: November 12
  • Thanksgiving: November 22-23
  • Christmas: December 24-27

Contact Information

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Telephone: +1 (607) 438-5300
Email:

Fax: +1 (607) 438-5392 / +1 (607) 438-5394
Mail: The Rakow Research Library, 5 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830

Grants & Residencies

Rakow Grant for Glass Research

The Corning Museum of Glass sponsors the Rakow Grant for Glass Research, which makes available one or more annual awards totaling up to $25,000. The program is made possible through the generosity of the late Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow, who were Fellows, friends, and benefactors of the Museum. The purpose of this grant is to foster scholarly research in the history of glass and glassmaking from antiquity until the mid-20th century, from anywhere in the world. Disciplines intersecting with glass research may include (and are not limited to) archaeology and anthropology, art history, conservation, and the history of science and technology.

Learn more and apply.

David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research

New in 2017, the David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research is open to artists who want to utilize the Museum’s resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. The residency is named for the former executive director of The Corning Museum of Glass, a highly-regarded scholar who worked to build the resources of the Rakow Library, and was a major supporter of artists working in glass today. Learn more about David Whitehouse. This residency gives artists the opportunity to deep dive into topics and further their knowledge or to provide research for a project.

Learn more and apply.

Meet the Staff

James Galbraith
Chief Librarian
Regan Brumagen
Associate Librarian for Public Services
Cataloging Specialist, Continuing Resources and Digital Collections
Lori Fuller
Associate Librarian, Collections Management
Rebecca Hopman
Outreach Librarian
Beth Hylen
Reference and Education Librarian