About / Visiting

About / Visiting

The library is located at our office in the historic Grain Belt Brewery building in Northeast Minneapolis and is open to the public.

The American Craft Council Library & Archives maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft. While focused on modern craft dating from 1940 to today, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. 

Visitors have access to:

  • More than 20,000 books and exhibition catalogues
  • More than 150 current subscriptions and 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals and newsletters
  • More than 3,000 files on individual artists containing unique photographs, slides, correspondence, and other ephemera
  • Council archives (1941–present), including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956–1990)
  • Archives of the World Crafts Council (1964–present)
  • Archives of the Craft Students League of New York (1932–2005) 

Explore the Archives   Search the library Catalogue

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Visiting the Library

As of July 12, 2021, the library will be open to the public for on-site visits by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment with the librarian, Beth Goodrich, by phone at 612.206.3118, or by email at [email protected]. The librarian also provides remote reference services by phone, email, or through the chat feature on the library web pages.

Please read our policy regarding onsite library visits


Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; evening appointments by special arrangement
Saturday–Sunday: closed


The library will be closed on the following days in 2021:

  • Friday, January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day)
  • Monday, January 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 (President’s Day)
  • Monday, May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday, July 5, 2021 (Independence Day observed)
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
  • Wednesday, October 6–Friday, October 8, 2021 (Minnesota Library Association Conference)
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, November 26, 2021 (Day After Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, December 24, 2021 (Christmas Holiday)
  • Friday, December 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve Day)

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