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A wooden table with books and artifacts on it sits in the center of a room with bookshelves on either side.

Judd's library houses 13,000 books spanning a range of subjects as broad as the artist's thinking. Judd's arrangement of the library reflects his sensitivity to geography and understanding of the development of the arts, languages, and sciences across different cultures. Judd deeply valued books for their ability to share knowledge. He read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica as a child. He also considered books as beautiful objects to be treasured. Judd integrated works by Frank Stella and Yayoi Kusama into this space. An adjoining room at the back of the library contains a portion of Judd's archive of periodicals, and leads to a "secret garden" space. In May 2010 Judd Foundation announced the launch of the Donald Judd Library online. This searchable finding aid includes records for all 13,004 volumes in the library. Judd's unique arrangement for the collection as a three-dimensional installation can be explored shelf-by-shelf and book-by-book. Titles cover the following areas: 40 on languages; 3,129 on art history; 1,513 on history; 1,455 on architecture; 484 on philosophy; 313 on science; 164 on anthropology; 70 on mathematics; 58 on music; and 39 on geography. The index is linked to RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) and allows users to search by Library of Congress date fields. Users can also locate volumes in their local lending libraries. In response to the launch of the Google Arts Projects, the February 1, 2011 issue of the Telegraph, U.K., selected Donald Judd's online library as one of the top five most innovative online cultural archives. To visit go to www.juddfoundation.org.
 
La Mansana de Chinati, Main Library. Courtesy Judd Foundation Archive. Art © Judd Foundation. Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY