Arcadia Fine Arts Library

The spacious PAFA Library serves students, staff, faculty and alumni, and provides broad-based coverage of the history, theory, criticism and making of fine art, with special emphasis on the work of individual artists in the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The Library acts as a depository of graduate theses, the final academic project required for graduation from the MFA program.

The Library is located on the third floor of the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, 128 North Broad Street.

PAFA’s collection contains:

  • 16,000 books
  • 55 current periodical subscriptions
  • over 20,000 slides
  • a growing selection of video resources
  • the ARTstor Charter Collection of approximately 300,000 images
  • an online version of H. W. Wilson's Art Index, which provides indexing, abstracting and full-text coverage of over 378 peer-selected journals
  • extensive artist files, which include newspaper clippings, gallery announcements, resumes and pictures of more than 7,000 artists whose works are difficult to document in books
  • faculty files, which are artist files for the Academy’s current faculty members.

For more information, call 215-972-2030 or visit