Library Guide


WAAC members, this is your library!

Members who visit our Library will discover that although of relatively modest size, our collection holds a wealth of interesting information about art. The library was refurbished in 2016 to provide members with a welcoming atmosphere and comfortable seating areas for reflection and relaxation.
The library plays an important role in fulfilling WAAC’s mandate in education. Members of the public are welcome to access our collection for research purposes through prior arrangement with the office.

When is the library open?

The library is open to members and guests during regular office hours which at present are 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday–Thursday.
WAAC members and their guests are encouraged to enjoy our library during regular WAAC hours unless a scheduled meeting is taking place.

What is in the library?

The collection includes 1600 books and WAAC memorabilia including photos from past events and historical documents. A Guide to the collection is located in a plastic holder on the wall to the left of the entrance.


We now have a Catalogue of our collection online which you can access anytime from home or on the laptop provided in the Library.
Go directly to or through the link in the Library section of the WAAC website.

The laptop is located on the desk in the far north corner next to the
Old & Rare Cabinet. It can be used to browse our online catalogue, research on the internet and check your emails.

A small but delightful collection of art-related DVDs

There is a remarkable collection of artwork on the walls, many works by former WAAC members. There is a Guide to the Art Collection in the plastic holder to the left of the entrance.


Each cabinet is numbered in sequence. If the subject matter of a book is specific to a country or region, it is located in the cabinet so named, e.g., Cabinet #1 CANADA

In each “country” cabinet, books are placed in the following order.
General – history, art movements, various aspects of art in that country/region; arranged alphabetically by book title.
Artists – Artists of that country arranged alphabetically by artist’s name, not book title.
Groups of Artists arranged alphabetically by book title
Collections – Catalogues of private and public collections and/or exhibitions held within that country; arranged alphabetically by book title.

If a book addresses a general topic not specific to a country, then it will appear in the cabinet labelled with the category to which it belongs, e.g. Cabinet #4 THEORY AND TECHNIQUES.

A LIST OF THE CABINETS their location and contents follows.

Abbreviations: Arr – Arranged, Alpha = Alphabetically
Fundraising Photos arr. chronologically

1Straight across from entrance, on east wallCanada
2Cupboard far corner east wallOversize books from all categories, countries and regions
Arr alpha by title
3Far corner, south wallFiction - Arr. alpha by author
Non-fiction - Arr. alpha by title
Most have been donated by Book Club
4Between windows south wallArt Theory & Techniques,
Arr Alpha by title
5Cabinet west wall to right of entranceCabinet west wall to right of entrance
6First cabinet to the left of the entranceThe U.S.A.
Arr Alpha by artist ???????
7West wallMexico, Central & South America & the Caribbean, Middle East, Oceania
8West wallArt General - books on art topics, not specific to any one country or region
9North wall, to left of the windowDVDs, Arr. alpha by title;
Books about Art theft, fraud and forgery, arr. alpha by title;
Life library of Photography (16 volumes)
10North wall, to the right of the windowRare and significant books from early collections - arr alpha by Title
For Reference only - to be read in the Library
11 (Outside Library)Alcove in hall outside LibraryWAAC History and Memorabilia:
Fundraising Photos arr. chronologically

Who may borrow materials?
WAAC members and staff may borrow books and DVDs. As noted above, members of the public may arrange to access materials while in the library but not remove them.

For how long may books or DVDs be borrowed?
Items may be borrowed for four weeks. If you are unable to return a book in person, please arrange for a friend to drop it off. Books borrowed in June may be held until the first event in September.

May materials that are identified as “For Reference Only” or are stored in Cabinet #10 be borrowed?
No, reference materials which include fragile books, WAAC memorabilia, dictionaries, encyclopedia etc., are available as a resource to be enjoyed while in the library.

How many items may be taken out at one time?
You may borrow up to five items at one time except between June and September when you may borrow up to ten items.

What is the procedure for borrowing books or DVDs?
There is a “Sign Out” book in the library to the left of the entrance in which you record the date, title of the book/DVD, your name and your email address or phone number.

May borrowed items be renewed?
Most items can be renewed twice unless there is a request for them from another member. In order to renew, please sign the item out again in the “Sign Out” book or email the Library Chair or her designee who will either do that for you or inform you if someone is waiting for that item.

What is the procedure for returning materials?
Place the item(s) in the basket on the table outside the library door. A member of the Library Committee will collect material from the basket and record its return in the “Sign Out” book. Please do not leave returning material on tables or shelves or anywhere else in the library.

Return forms:
Please take a minute to tell us what you thought of the book/DVD and who might enjoy it. Place the form in or on the item. These forms are on the table in the return basket or nearby.

Donations to the Collection
Donations of art related books and DVDs are very welcome. We do want to concentrate on building our collection in under-represented areas and we will be issuing guidelines to assist you when considering a donation. In the meantime, please contact Carol Cormier, the Library Chair.

Donations to the Library Fund
Donations are so appreciated because they allow us to continue to improve the library. Speak with the Library Chair to discuss the Library priorities.

Your Library Committee
Carol Cormier, Chair
Cheryl Gorman (On leave Nov-Apr)
Katy Klein
Elva Palo
Sandra Papas (On leave Nov–Apr)
Don Wilkins
Brian Van Dommele (Consultant to Chair)

Carol Cormier, Committee Chair; or speak with any of the Committee members.