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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.

Bring us your crazy ideas, your vague ideas, your lack of ideas – we'll listen, we'll talk, we'll overwhelm you with resources that will deepen your research and help you make your best work.

Ashley Peterson, Research & Instructional Librarian

Library Events 

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.

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About the Collections

All students, faculty, and staff with a Tufts ID are welcome to visit and access the SMFA Library's collections.

Circulating Collections

Books
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.

DVDs
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

Non-circulating/Special Collections 

Print Periodicals
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.

Artists' Books
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.

Zines
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.

The Book as Surprise

What is an artist-book, and how far can it push convention? An exhibition at Tufts proves form is limited only by the imagination.