Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library
The mission of the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library is to be an active partner in the intellectual work of Bard’s students, faculty, and staff; to develop collections and services that help all users become more resourceful, independent, and original scholars; and to take a campus leadership role in thoughtfully applying emerging media to the task of turning information into knowledge.
As a result of a generous gift from trustee Charles P. Stevenson Jr., Bard’s library complex consists of the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library designed by the architectural firm of Robert Venturi, a winner of the Pritzker Prize and the Hoffman and Kellogg Libraries.
CCS Bard Library and Archives
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies are a vital research center specializing in curatorial studies and the contemporary arts, as well as an integral component of the Center’s 2-year graduate program supporting the advanced research of curatorial studies students.
The Library contains over 25,000 volumes focusing on post-1960s contemporary art and curatorial practices. The main collection includes extensive holdings of international exhibition catalogs, artists’ monographs, and over 60 current subscriptions to international art journals and periodicals covering the contemporary arts and curatorial practices. Special Collections holdings include a significant collection of approximately 80 historic artist-produced periodicals, an extensive collection of limited edition, signed, and out of print exhibition catalogs, a media collection, and a collection of artists’ books. Through donation and purchase, the library is comprehensively collecting the full publication history of select international exhibition venues, art publishers, and small presses.
The Archives contain the institutional archives for the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art as well as the organizational archives of select galleries, artist-run spaces and initiatives, and the personal papers of select curators and artists. The Archives also maintains a collection of artist files for the artists represented in the Hessel Museum collection, as well as Study Collections which document significant international curators, and a selection of historic exhibitions.
Although the collections are non-circulating, the Library and Archives are open to the Bard community, as well as outside researchers and scholars specializing in the contemporary arts.
Levy Economics Institute library
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, founded in 1986 through the generous support of Bard College trustee Leon Levy, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. The Levy Institute is independent of any political or other affiliation, and encourages diversity of opinion in the examination of economic policy issues while striving to transform ideological arguments into informed debate.
The ultimate purpose of all of the Levy Institute’s research and activities is to serve the wider policymaking community in the United States and the rest of the world by enabling scholars and leaders in business, labor, and government to work together on problems of common interest. To stimulate discussion of economic issues, the Levy Institute disseminates its findings through publications, conferences, workshops, seminars, congressional testimony, and other activities to an international audience of public officials, private sector executives, academics, and the general public. An annual conference on the state of the U.S. and world economies is dedicated to the economic legacy of Hyman P. Minsky, the late financial economist and Levy Institute distinguished scholar.
Bard College Visual Resources Center
The Visual Resources Center (VRC) currently holds more than 33,000 digital images and 130,000 35mm slides. Our image collections cover a broad subject area, including works of art and design, buildings, cities and cultural objects from pre-history to the present day. While these collections primarily serve the teaching needs of Art History and Studio Art, the Visual Resources Center is a campus-wide resource for the use of visual materials in teaching and research.