The 1946 inventory taken after John Ringling's death revealed that he educated himself with books on art, interior design, and circus history, while simultaneously acquiring pieces for his intended art museum. This digital collection is a sample of his personal library.
These Ringling publications refer to works of art in the permanent collection and the history of the museum. The authors of these volumes include museum curators, librarians, conservators, researchers, and directors.
The Ringling Exhibitions, 1948-Present, is a sampling of exhibition guides and catalogs of museum-owned works. The Ringling Art Library provides these catalogs online for research purposes only.
This collection is comprised of Ringling newsletters, reports, & symposia materials ranging from 1964 to the present, that discuss new initiatives at the museum, incoming/outgoing exhibitions, new acquisitions, & permanent collections.
The Ringling Art Library has nearly 90,000 volumes, 100+ art periodicals, hundreds of exhibition & auction catalogs, open browsing stacks, & a spacious reading room. Our digital resources include subject guides & bibliographies on popular Ringling topics. We also provide outstanding visual resources on our Flickr, including high resolution images of our rare book collections. Our public hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5pm. Contact us with any art-related reference questions, and enjoy our online collections.
The Ringling Art Library
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243