The James & Marilynn Alcott Library

Currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, the Alcott Library houses over 2,700 artists’ books, reference books, periodicals, prints and broadsides, over a quarter of which represent Minnesota history, art, and culture. This unique collection also serves as an archive of artwork created through MCBA’s many artistic programs—including the fine press publication, Winter Book, which features Minnesota book artists, writers, and illustrators, and its related process materials. While not a circulating library, patrons are welcome to browse reference books during MCBA’s regular business hours.

James Alcott was the Vice President of Cowles Media Company and served as MCBA’s first board president.