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About the Cultural District Library Consortium

The CDLC, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was formed in 1996 by the libraries of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Kimbell Art Museum, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame joined the consortium in 2003, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas joined the consortium in 2010. The CDLC catalog is achieved through a partnership with the library at Texas Christian University, also in Fort Worth.

CDLC's non-circulating collections represent subject areas corresponding to each museum's collection. The Carter specializes in American art, history, and photography; the Kimbell in European, Egyptian, Asian, Meso-American, African, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, and Middle Eastern art; the Modern in American and European modern and contemporary art; the Cowgirl in the history of women in the West; and the BRIT in botany and ecology.

The CDLC libraries are rich in materials not often found in academic or public library environments, including auction catalogues and prices indices, exhibition catalogues, and commercial dealer catalogues. In addition, the CDLC libraries contain special formats such as artists vertical files, ephemeral materials, archives, microforms, and visual resources dealing with the history of art.