The RAM Reference Library is located in the Art Annex, directly across the hall from the main entrance to museum galleries. These non-circulating books relate to artwork and artists represented in the RAM Permanent Collection and are available for public use, free of charge. For more information contact RAM at 815.968.2787 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Since legal reasons prevent Rockford Art Museum staff from appraising artwork, a professional appraiser is the best qualified person to help you determine the value of works in your art collection. Please note that most appraisers will charge a fee for their service.

Although museum standards prohibit RAM staff from making specific recommendations, we can offer the following list of national organizations to help you in your search for a qualified professional appraiser.

Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South
New York, NY 10001
(212) 889-5404

American Society of Appraisers

11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 478-2228 or 1-800-ASA-VALU 

Art Dealers Association of America 

International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 981-6778

Private Art Dealers Association