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Martha S. Grafton Library

Art and Art History: Books

Guide to resources in art and art history, including reference works, databases, and websites.

Interlibrary Loan

If you find an item you want but Grafton doesn't own it, you can request the item through interlibrary loan using the brown Request an Item Through Interlibrary Loan button.

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Interlibrary loan allows Grafton to borrow books and articles from other libraries on your behalf. It may take a few days, but it drastically increases the number of sources available to you!

Finding books

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You have many options when it comes to finding and using books. The Grafton Library Discovery Service (GLDYS), allows you to search for books and ebooks both here at Grafton library and in libraries around the world. If you're just looking for books, make sure to pay attention to the limiters on your search, because GLDYS also allows you to search for articles and video materials. 

Art and Art History Books

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Finding library books

Many books on Art will be in the N section of the library.

  • N: Fine Arts
    • N: Visual Arts
    • NA: Architecture
    • NB: Sculpture
    • NC: Drawing, design, illustration
    • ND: Painting
    • NE: Print media
    • NK: Decorative arts
    • NX: Arts in general

When looking in the catalog, make sure to take note if books are in the Oversize collection--oversize books are kept on a special shelf next to the N section.