Monrovia is home to the government-run National Library, which holds some 15,000 volumes. Other libraries in the capital include a UNESCO facility, a children's library, a research library operated by the Liberian Information Service, and the University of Liberia library, which holds 108,000 volumes.
Before Liberia's civil war, Monrovia had a thriving art scene, with a number of galleries and a flourishing collection at the National Museum of Liberia, located in the Supreme Court building. The museum was looted during the war, but a number of its masks and ceramic objects were salvaged and are now housed at Cuttington University College in Suakoko. Other museums in Monrovia include the Africana Museum and a museum at the University of Liberia. Some of Monrovia's local artists, including Leslie Lumeh and Lawson Sworh, display their works at their private studios.