Penfield Library Opens to the Public

The Penfield Library, located on the second floor of the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, will be open to the public on Fridays Jan. 11 through April 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library is an excellent research resource for all members of the community and especially for students from throughout the Polk County School District and area colleges and universities, said PMA Executive Director Claire Orologas. It houses a specialized collection of monographs – books focused on the work of a single artist – and serials on art and art history. 

Florida Southern College librarians began cataloguing the library in late 2017. They processed 2,898 art journal and magazine volumes and issues, as well as 2,754 books and volume sets, said Marina Morgan, the metadata librarian at Florida Southern. 

A number of monographs and the art journal collection are among the most valuable assets, said Alex Rich, PMA’s curator and director of galleries and exhibitions. Rich also is an art history professor and director of Florida Southern’s art history program.

More information on the Penfield Library is available here.