Access to Library and Archival Materials

The Strong’s Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play is the only library and archives devoted solely to collecting and preserving materials that illustrate and document the role of play in human physical, social, and intellectual development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history. The 150,000-volume research library houses a full spectrum of primary and secondary sources, including scholarly works, professional journals, other periodicals, trade catalogs, children’s books, comic books, manuscripts, personal papers, business records, and more.

Learn more about The Strong’s key library and archival holdings:

Online Access to Library and Archival Materials

The online catalog of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play provides a window in The Strong’s vast collection of books and trade publications.

On-site Access to the Library and Archives

Scholars, students, collectors, and other researchers are welcome to conduct research on site. To help library and archives staff optimize access to collections, please request an appointment. Appointments may be made via an online form, by phone at 585-410-6307, or by sending an email to library@museumofplay.org. Please provide a topic of research, indicate the materials desired, and any special needs.

Library and Archives Hours

Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged.