About the Library

About the Library

The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Library, founded as part of The Corning Museum of Glass in 1951, is a public institution that houses the world's most comprehensive collection of materials on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. The Library collection ranges from medieval manuscripts to original works of art on paper to the latest information on techniques used by studio artists. More than 190 archives contain unique material from individual artists, galleries, companies, scholars, and organizations. The Library also presents exhibitions featuring items from its collection. Learn more about Library history and about supporting the Library Acquisition Fund.


Regular Hours
9 am – 5 pm, every day

2017 Business Holidays Observed

  • New Year's Day: January 2
  • Good Friday: April 14
  • Memorial Day: May 29
  • Independence Day: July 4
  • Labor Day: September 4
  • Veteran's Day: November 10
  • Thanksgiving: November 23-24
  • Christmas: December 25-28

Contact Information

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Telephone: +1 (607) 438-5300

Fax: +1 (607) 438-5392 / +1 (607) 438-5394
Mail: The Rakow Research Library, 5 Museum Way, Corning, NY 14830

Meet the Staff

James Galbraith
Chief Librarian
Gail Bardhan
Reference and Research Librarian
Regan Brumagen
Associate Librarian for Public Services
Cataloging Specialist, Continuing Resources and Digital Collections
Lori Fuller
Associate Librarian, Collections Management
Mary Anne Hamblen
Special Collections and Archives Librarian
Rebecca Hopman
Outreach Librarian
Beth Hylen
Reference and Education Librarian