The mission of the Robert W. Gray Library is to collect, preserve, and make available for research materials concerning the appreciation and knowledge about traditional and contemporary crafts – particularly the craft heritage of the Southern Appalachian region.
Library materials relate to craft work from around the world and in all media with historical background as well as "how-to" information. There are also materials on regional history and development.
The collection contains over 20,000 volumes of books, exhibition catalogs, current periodical titles,as well as many that have been donated and are no longer available. A recent addition is an audio-visual area where visitors may choose from over 100 craft-related videos.
While the resources do not circulate, the materials are available for use on site. There is a Xerox machine for photocopying materials for personal use.
The Library is open during the operating hours of the Folk Art Center. It is housed on the second floor, to the left of the receptionist desk. The collection catalog is available on the library's computer at all times and a librarian is present Monday - Friday to assist users. The staff is happy to work with you on research questions.