With more than 5,000 furniture and design specific volumes, this is the largest furniture specialty library in the world. The rare book collection contains volumes published since 1640. Includes a collection of the original works of 18th century furniture masters Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, as well as a complete 26-volume set of Diderot’s Encyclopedia published in 1776. This is one of the few places, if not the only, in the world where design professionals, scholars, students, and the public can don a pair of white gloves and examine the original works of the pioneer designers.
The library also contains rare drawings and furniture details. It is a treasure trove of inspiration, information and illustration for anyone interested in design.
Questions such as "What style is my furniture?" and "What is the best way to care for my antique furniture?" can all be answered here.