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Art: Books on Art History, Artists, Movements & More

Resources for the study of Art.

In-Depth Information on Art History, Artists, Movements & More

The library catalog is a great place to find in-depth information on topics in art history, biographies of artists, overviews of movements and much more.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Remember that books are still the best place to go to understand a topic from beginning to end.

What Else Can You Find in the Stacks?

If you're looking for art criticism, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles.  But books often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that contain essays on a single topic in art.

Still can't find it? Try WorldCat.

If you don't find what you need in Simmons' catalog, search WorldCat for books in other local libraries or in libraries around the world.

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Serendipity in the Stacks: Browse by Call Number

One of the best ways to discover the perfect source for your topic is to browse the library stacks by call number range.  Each call number range represents a particular subject and all of the books on a particular topic will be located in the same general area on the shelves.  So if you want a book on Art Theory, go to the call number range beginning with N61 to see what we have!

LC Call Number


N 1-(9211)

Visual Arts

N 1-58


N 61-72

Theory, Philosophy, Aesthetics

N 81-390

Study, Teaching, Research

N 400-3990

Art Museums, Galleries

N 4390-5098


N 5198-5299

Private Collections & Collectors

N 5300-7418


N 7420-7525.8

General Works

N 7560-8266

Special Subjects of Art

N 8350-8356

Arts as a Profession. Artists

N 8510-8553

Art Studies, Materials

N 8554-8585

Examination & Conservation of Works of Art

N 8600-8675

Economics of Art

N 8700-9165

Art and the State. Public Art

Free E-Books!

Are you looking for an e-book that we don't have or for a free downloadable ebook version of your favorite title?  Try looking for it at one of these free e-book sites. Have fun exploring!