In 2009, Abra Ancliffe started the Personal Libraries Library, a specially-curated lending library in Portland, Oregon that recreates & reconsiders the personal libraries of notable artists, scientists, writers & thinkers. Personal Libraries Library engages printmaking and drawing to explore the fixity & frailty of language alongside how knowledge is written, printed, compiled, read, stored, ordered, dispersed and processed. The history, process and physicality of printing, publishing and book-making become conflated with the acts of reading, writing, astronomy, geology, collecting and archiving. Ancliffe received her BA in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College, her BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at PNCA.