Print Room & Reference Library

By Appointment Only

While these resources are available to everyone, they are viewable by appointment only. Please contact the Registrar, Julie Walser, at to schedule a visit.

  A group of people gather around a piece of artwork on a easel
  A print depicting an angel rowing Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, in a boat

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (Italian, 1727 – 1804) The Holy Family Crossing the Lake in the Boat, plate 17 from The Flight into Egypt (Idee pittoresche sop ra la fuga in Egitto), 1750 – 1753 Etching on off — white laid paper Jansma Collection, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 2012.36

The Jansma Family Works on Paper Study Room

The Jansma Family Works on Paper Study Room provides public access to the museum’s collections of prints, drawings, and photographs. These include works of and European origin dating from the fifteenth century to the present.

Because works on paper are sensitive to the damaging effects of light they are shown only for brief periods at a time. Works on paper that are not currently on view in the galleries may be examined in the Study Room upon request. Classes from local schools and universities are encouraged to schedule visits to the Study Room.

The study room also houses a library of reference books and catalogues raisonnés as well as an index to the Museum’s collection of prints, drawings, and photographs.

The Study Room is located on the second floor of the Museum, adjacent to the library.

  A photo of the Reference Library at GRAM

Reference Library

Our reference library gives members and visitors access to numerous art books, periodicals, and more related to our exhibitions and collections.

Reference materials in the library primarily relate to the types of art that make up most of the Museum’s collection:

  • 19th – 21st century and European painting, sculpture, photography, and design
  • 15th – 21st century and European prints and drawings
  • 20th century International Modernism

Books are for use within the Library only. The library catalog can be accessed here.