The Delaplaine is known for its exhibition galleries and art classes, workshops, and camps. But did you know that it also houses one of the largest free art libraries in Maryland open to the public? Located on the second floor, the Etchison-Davis Library—named after James Etchison, its benefactor, and P. Jean Davis, its first volunteer librarian—offers more than 3,000 art reference books. Visitors and students can use the library to research art and architecture, movements and materials, and art history. The non-circulating library is open daily, and admission is free.
The Library is Going Online!
A project to make the library’s many resources accessible online is currently underway. Once completed, people will be able to search the library’s collection for specific books and our visitors can access them directly. You can read more about this project here. Search the resources already online here.
The library also serves as a conference room and eclectic meeting space for outside groups. “The library provides a wonderful venue for groups of 8 to 12,” states Marilyn Orsinger, Director of Facilities and Rentals. The library has a handsome wood conference table, a wall-mounted LED screen that is Bluetooth and HDMI enabled, WiFi access, and an adjoining kitchenette. “Whether a group is meeting for training, team-building, or planning, the art library is an oasis away from the office,” says Marilyn. “Surrounded by inspiring books, with art galleries just beyond the door, a beautiful park outside, and restaurants within a few minutes’ walk, meetings take on a special feeling here.”
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