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About the American Craft Council Library

Located at our offices in the historic Grain Belt Brewery building, the American Craft Council Library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft. Visitors can search both the ACC Library Catalog and ACC Library Digital Collections databases online. While focused on modern craft dating from 1940 to today, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. 

The library is open to American Craft Council members and the public and provides visitors access to:

  • More than 15,000 books and exhibition catalogs
  • 140+ current subscriptions and 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals
  • 3,000+ files on individual artists containing unique photographs, slides, correspondence, exhibition realia and other ephemera
  • Council archives (1941-present), including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990)
  • Archives of the World Crafts Council (1964-present)
  • Archives of the Craft Students League of New York (1932-2005) (unprocessed)

For information on gifting materials to the ACC, please check out the Library Donation Policy


Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For in-depth archival research assistance or to schedule a tour of the library and archival collections, please contact the librarian.


The library will be closed on the following days in 2016:

  • Friday, January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Day)
  • Monday, February 15 (Presidents' Day)
  • Friday, April 8 (St. Paul craft show - visit our library table and book sale on-site)
  • Friday, April 29 (Staff Meetings) 
  • Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)
  • Monday, September 5 (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 (ACC Conference)
  • Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, November 25 (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Friday, December 23 (Christmas Eve observed)
  • Monday, December 26 (Christmas Day observed)

American Craft Council Library
1224 Marshall St NE, Suite 200 
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone (612) 206-3118
Fax (612) 355-2330