The LMC documents the evolution of design objects. The collection offers researchers and the public a holistic view of design and varies broadly. It is organized by theme or designer. The Library of Material Culture gives global coverage of the history and practice of design, from prehistoric times to the present day. This includes such things as chairs, technology, jewelry, architecture, and other artifacts of daily life. The library also holds a large collection of associated reference materials and rare books.
The LMC works with scholars, students, researchers, and members of the general public. The collection is available to everyone through an appointment. We are expanding our reach to serve emerging and existing designers globally through an ongoing digitization effort.