Museum Hours
Thu: 1 PM–8 PM
Fri–Mon: 10 AM–5 PM
Tue–Wed: Closed
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
A woman seated at a table peruses a monograph

The C. Laan Chun Library

The Asian Art Museum not only houses one of the most spectacular collections of Asian art in the United States, it also has one of the more comprehensive research libraries on Asian art and culture in the country.

With nearly 43,000 titles and more than 230 active serial subscriptions, as well as auction catalogs, microforms and photograph collections, the C. Laan Chun Library Center has many materials, both rare and scholarly, not available in many of the local university and college libraries. Subject areas cover not only art but archaeology, architecture, landscape architecture, history, philosophy, religion, folk culture, festivals and folklore, literature, the performing arts and music, as well as some specialized materials on Asian science and medicine.

The library is open to visitors by appointment on Mondays and Fridays from 10am–2pm. Please complete the form below to request an appointment.

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Questions? Please contact library staff at 415.581.3693 or [email protected].

Black and white image of Clara Laan Chun A member of the first docent class of 1966, Chun was a devoted user of the museum’s research library. In 2003, with generous support from Chun’s estate, the library in the museum’s new building was established in her name and honors her enduring legacy.
Clara Laan Chun, 1911–2001