Step inside the Gardner Museum’s virtual reading room to discover over 100 years’ scholarship on the Museum’s historic collection.

Gardner herself wrote and published the original guides to her collection, as well as two catalogues of her library of rare books, including A Choice of Books, available here. Since her death in 1924, the Museum has published research on the collection as a resource for both the public and scholars worldwide. The reading room is your portal for free access to a number of these books.

Browse the full contents of books listed in the menu at left by clicking through to each title. Downloading requires free registration with Issuu, the online publishing platform through which these books are viewable online.

To download through Issuu, press the "Click to read" button when you'll see when you open any of the books---this will expand the book to full screen. From the menu at the top of this screen, click the share button, and choose "Download" from the dropdown menu that appears. From here, you'll be prompted to register or sign into Issuu.

For questions about these books, contact the Museum's Curatorial Department at