The Fisher Fine Arts Library collects materials to support research in art and architecture, the decorative arts, photography, historic preservation, city planning, and urban design. The entire history of art is represented, from antiquity to the present. Fisher collects items in most languages, and, in principle, no language is excluded. Monographs, exhibition catalogs, journals, facsimiles, reference materials, ephemeral materials, and microforms are all of interest. The Fisher acquires electronic resources, including image databases, electronic journals, indexes, and other reference works.
Fisher Fine Arts Library is a National Historic Landmark and a major masterpiece of Philadelphia’s most important Victorian architect, Frank Furness. The library was restored in the late ‘80s/early 90’s by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, and an addition made in 1931 serves as the current home to the Arthur Ross Gallery. The library also houses the Architectural Archives, Common Press, and the Materials Library.