Richard T. Liddicoat

Gemmological library

With more than 57,000 books, 150,000 photographs, 1,800 videos, 700 periodicals and the renowned Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archive, the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library is the largest, most complete library of its kind.

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The first point of reference for gems and jewellery

We seek to sustain our role as the world’s premier resource for gem and jewellery-related studies, and to promote use of our vast collection for education and research.

About the library

Library policy

The public is welcome to use library resources for on-campus research. The library provides reference help via email and telephone.

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 pm PT


The Robert Mouawad Campus
5345 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA



+1 800 421 7250 ext 4046
Outside U.S. +1 760 603 4046

How to use the library

The public and members of the trade are welcome to use the library resources for on-campus research. The GIA Library is closed-stack, which means that library staff help patrons at the front desk.

Computer workstations are available for patrons who wish to gain Internet access to gem and jewellery websites. Three additional computers are available for searching the library's collections through the local online catalogue and the Articles/Auction Catalogue database. Coin-operated photocopying is available.

Contact the GIA library to schedule appointments to view materials housed in the Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archives. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the desired viewing date. Materials from the Archives may not be checked out. A research area is available for examination of these materials.