Mary and Edwin Meader Fine Art Library

KIA Library Collections

  • Books and videos: Search the library's catalog.
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Current periodicals
  • Artist Files

    Library Hours

    11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

    Art Detectives

    The Meader Library's every-month children's event offered September through May. Click here for more information

    Arty the Mouse

    Arty on the Road!
    We hope to see you this summer at the 5 KPL branches to explore art
    "Around the World in 90 Days!"

    Free and open to all!
    Arty Mouse is traveling to see you this summer at these Kalamazoo Public Library branches listed below. Join in the adventures at 3 pm:
    June 20, Oshtemo Branch
    June 27, Powell Branch
    July 18, Eastwood Branch
    Aug. 1, Central Library
    Aug. 15, Washington Square
    Aug 23, Back to the KIA 3 pm - 5 pm. Join us as Arty returns to the KIA for a celebration of his travels!
    Registration required for library programs. Contact KPL for registration.

    Book discussions

    The library hosts book discussions at 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month from September through May.

    Using the Library

    The library is open to the public for research and enjoyment. If you're a KIA member, you may borrow materials - just bring in your KIA membership/library card to get started.

    Contact the Library

    Phone: 269-349-7775, ext. 3166

  • Upcoming library events

    Art Detectives on the Road

    To sign up, call 269-349-7775, ext. 3166, or email the library.

    New Acquisitions

    Double Vision: William Middleton cover On Color: David Kastan cover Desmond Morris The Lives of the Surrealists cover
  • Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil by William Middleton

    "The first and definitive biography of the celebrated collectors Dominique and John de Menil, who became one of the greatest cultural forces of the twentieth century through groundbreaking exhibits of art, artistic scholarship, the creation of innovative galleries and museums, and work with civil rights."

  • On Color: by David Kastan and Stephen Farthing

    "Kastan and Farthing, a scholar and a painter, respectively, investigate color from numerous perspectives: literary, historical, cultural, anthropological, philosophical, art historical, political, and scientific. In ten lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, they examine the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. "-

  • The Lives of the Surrealists by Desmond Morris

    "Life histories of the Surrealists, known and unknown, by one of the last surviving members of the movement artist and best-selling author Desmond Morris. Focusing on the thirty-five artists most closely associated with the surrealist movement, Morris lends context to their life histories with narratives of their idiosyncrasies and their often complex love lives, alongside photos of the artists and their work."

    Be sure to check out our growing DVD collection, our circulating magazine collection, and our children's literature collection!