Arcadia Fine Arts Library

The Arcadia Fine Arts Library at PAFA offers quiet reading and study areas, computer workstations, color copiers and printers, scanners, digital cameras, and A/V equipment.

The library's collection includes 28,000 books and 8,000 artist files, which contain small catalogs, newspaper clippings, postcards and other ephemera from important local and nationally known artists

Contact us at and (215) 972 - 2030

To photograph your artwork in the Media Lab: Please make a Media Lab Reservation or contact the Technician: Jade Alderman at or (215) 972 - 2026 for an initial consultation and to schedule an appointment.

To make fine-art prints using PAFA's inkjet and large format printers, please use the Print Order Form or contact the Technician: Jade Alderman at or (215) 972-2026 for an initial consultation. We will print the work for you and you may pick it up at a scheduled time. 

Summer Closings: 

The Arcadia Fine Arts Library will be CLOSED: 

  • Monday, May 27, 2024 for Memorial Day,
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 for Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • Thursday, July 4, 2024 for Independence Day

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday - SundayCLOSED

Library Email: ; Library Phone: (215) 972 - 2030

Technician Email: ; Technician Phone: (215) 972 - 2026


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Search the Catalog

Search the library's collection of books, magazines, multimedia, and more.

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Articles and E-Books

Access to nearly 3,000 full-text journals from JSTOR and Ebsco, and over 180,000 academic e-books  covering art, criticism, philosophy, technology and many other disciplines.

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Digital Image & Media Resources

Access over 1.5 million digital images and streaming video resources through the Arcadia Fine Arts Library from providers such as ArtSTOR, Getty Open Images, and more.


Photographing and Editing Work

The Arcadia Fine Arts Library offers an assortment of multimedia equipment for educational use that can be used in the library or checked out.


Digital Labs & Printing

PAFA offers a variety of computer workstations, as well as printing and scanning capabilities.

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Academic Research & Writing Resources

Need help learning how to write and research an academic paper? These resources and guides will help you in your process.

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Interlibrary Loans

Search and request materials through Interlibrary Loan. Libraries all over the world participate in Interlibrary Loan (ILL) in a cooperative effort to provide articles, books, and other materials to researchers, students, and others.

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Your Library Account

Learn how to register for a library account, renew materials, reset your account information, or gain access to Canvas, PAFA's course management platform.

Contact the Arcadia Fine Arts Library


Hours of Operation

Monday—Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday—Sunday: CLOSED

Telephone: (215) 972-2030