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

New Book: The Book of Pearl
Rare Book

The Book of the Pearl

The Book of the Pearl: The History, Art, Science, and Industry of the Queen of Gems by George Frederick Kunz. Free download available at our Internet Archive page.

New Book: Jade: A Gemologist
New Book

Jade: a gemologist’s guide

Learn about jade identification, its cultural significance, its sources, and more from this comprehensive work

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, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. When requesting an appointment, please send an email or call during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm OR please contact the library at least one business day in advance to arrange access. 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