Richard T. Liddicoat

Gemological Library

With 65,000 volumes, 230,000 images, 2200 videos, and 1200 periodicals, the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library & Information Center and Cartier Rare Book Repository & Archive is the largest, most complete library of its kind.

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What's New at the Library

What's New at the Library

Library Lecture

Rediscovering the Chivor Emerald Mine: In the Footsteps of Peter W. Ranier

Join Robert Weldon, Library Director, for this 20-minute lecture on Wednesday, September 28, at 12:15 pm in the Library’s East Reading Room.

Cartier Islamic Art Book
New Book

Cartier and Islamic Art

Delve into the influence of Islamic art on Cartier’s jewelry from the early 20th century to the present.

Digital Materials
Library Services
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About The Library

The GIA Library offers a variety of gemological and jewelry-related materials and services to meet the needs of students, staff, alumni, scholars, industry professionals, as well as the general public.  

All patrons are welcome to visit the library for on-campus research, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:00pm. Please contact the library at least 24 hours in advance to arrange access to campus. Staff and current students may borrow print materials for a week, and can renew them three times. For those who cannot visit the Carlsbad library, we have digital materials available.

Some services offered by the library are limited to GIA Headquarters employees.

5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. PT
Phone Number
+1 800 421 7250 ext 4046
+1 760 603 4046


The library provides a wide variety of gemstone-and-jewelry-related resources for students, staff, researchers, alumni, members of the industry, and the general public. While we strive to make our materials as accessible as possible, not all materials are available to all patrons, and not all of our materials may be borrowed. 

* available to GIA staff only
** available to GIA students, staff, and alumni worldwide