The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library
The W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library at SMFA is the fine arts branch of Tufts University's Tisch Library. Our mission is to support the curriculum, research, and creative exploration of students, faculty, and staff.
Focusing on contemporary art and studio practice, our collections encompass exhibition catalogs, monographs, theoretical and art historical texts, technical manuals, periodicals, media, artists' books, zines, and more. Library staff are available for help at all stages of research, assignments, and independent projects.
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Artists conduct research very much like philosophers and engineers. They’re forward-looking. They’re researching into problems rather than only studying the past. In our artistic practice at SMFA research as practice is a basis for your work. We help students increase the number of resources they can investigate and stick with them as they forge their research path.
The library also hosts a number of events throughout the school year ranging from poetry readings and film screenings, to artists' talks, performance projects, sound installation, and music events as well as regular exhibitions of both library collections and student work.
About the Collections
All students, faculty, and staff with a Tufts ID are welcome to visit and access the SMFA Library's collections.
The SMFA Library's circulating book collection is primarily focused on art made since 1960, with an emphasis on image-rich exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, and theoretical texts. Learn more about borrowing from the SMFA Library.
The SMFA Library's browsable DVD collection includes art documentaries, experimental film and animation, and classic feature films. The collection supplements the streaming content available through Kanopy.
The SMFA Library subscribes to dozens of print periodicals on a range of art and cultural topics. This browsable collection is in-library use only.
Our artists' book collection showcases a wide range of binding types and conceptual approaches to book-making. The collection is in-library use only, generally accessible Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. You may request access to the collection by stopping by the Library's front desk or contacting an SMFA Library staff member.
The SMFA Library collects zines created by SMFA students, faculty, and alums and by local artists. The collection is in-library use only and may be accessed any time during the SMFA Library's hours of operation. For more information, stop by the Library's front desk or contact an SMFA Library staff member.
We accept donations to our zine collection! If interested, get in touch.