The Brockschmidt Sutherland Library
Pacific Textile Arts maintains a library of over 2800 textile-related titles and videos. The rapidly expanding collection comes from donations by generous supporters and from the estates of fiber artists. The Library is located at our headquarters at 450 Alger Street, Ft. Bragg, CA. It is open Wednesdays from 10:30 – 12:00, and at other times by appointment. Books may be borrowed by PTA members from the Library location.
In 1976, Bettie Roth, the librarian of the Sacramento Weaver’s and Spinner’s Guild was tired of toting the Guild’s books to and from their meetings. She and the Guild arranged to house their collection at the American River College in Sacramento. Thirty-six years later the collection was offered to Pacific Textile Arts. This gift from the Textile Collection of American River College included approximately 200 books and a set of Ciba Review dye journals. In 2013, the Mendocino Coast Handweavers Guild decided to make their library available to a wider population and move it out of Jill McCaughna’s home. They donated their collection to Pacific Textile Arts. The Mendocino Art Center dismantled their weaving room in 2013 and gave Pacific Textile Arts their book collection. The PTA library was set up and maintained by Roberta Brockschmidt (PTA board member 1993-2017) and Richard Sutherland, retired librarian. The current librarian is PTA board member Joanie Packard with the gracious assistance of Jackie Wollenberg
Individuals continue to give us books. We give big thanks to all the organizations and individuals who are making our library a great treasure and resource for our members and the larger textile community and the general public. We also set aside selected titles to be used in future classes at Pacific Textile Arts and some are placed for sale. These books and old copies of some magazines are available for purchase during regular Library and Gallery hours and by appointment.