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The National Gallery of Art is home to a community of scholars that includes the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and members of the Gallery’s curatorial, conservation, and education staffs. The National Gallery of Art Library and Gallery Archives offer exceptional resources for scholars and staff, as well as for visitors. The publishing arm of the Gallery sees to a broad distribution of the community’s scholarship.


The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) fosters study of the history of art and related disciplines.


Scholars, researchers, and staff take advantage of the resources available in the National Gallery of Art Library and its image collections.

Gallery Archives

The Gallery Archives is the principal source of information relating to the history of the National Gallery of Art and the design and construction of the West Building, the East Building, and the Sculpture Garden.


National Gallery of Art publications include exhibition and collection catalogues, research monographs, multiauthored volumes, online reference works, children’s books, and guides for museum visitors.

Make an Appointment

Qualified scholars and researchers are welcome to make an appointment to use the library and its image collections as well as other resources related to the Gallery and its collections.

Online Editions

NGA Online Editions presents the most current, in-depth information on the Gallery’s collections of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts along with rich capabilities for exploring the art.

In Depth

In Depth highlights curatorial, conservation, and education projects written by Gallery staff and visiting scholars for its visitors and researchers to explore