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Art and Art History: Books

Gateway into art and art history resources at UToledo and beyond


LoC Classification System:

Fine Arts

Woman Reading a Book 

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Fine Prints. 

N Fine Arts

   Visual Arts

    * NA Architecture
    * NB Sculpture
    * NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
    * ND Painting
    * NE Print Media
    * NK Decorative Arts
    * NX Arts in General

* TR Photography

See Library of Congress Classification Outline for more. (downloads as a Word document)

Books in Carlson Library are classified under the LC system.

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Search (below) or browse art books in Google* (sort by date to show newest books):

Results are approximate.

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Search Carlson Library for art books

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Search for items on reserve at Carlson Library

Items may be books or other material.  They may be located at the Circulation Desk at Carlson or available electronically.

Search OhioLINK for art books

Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library

Search the TMA Reference Catalog


Students currently enrolled in UToledo art department courses have borrrowing privileges at the TMA Library. Find out more about the TMA library’s resources and services on our library website.

Check out a selection of New Books at the TMA Library.

Titles added to the collection in the last 2 months

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

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Or .. browse their Art, Architecture and Photography books (results are approximate)

Public library art books are classified under the Dewey Decimal System (art is in the 700s)

WorldCat Catalog

Combined catalog of libraries all over the world

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WorldCat can be used to search for books and resources you haven't been able to locate elsewhere.  Enter a zip code and have materials in the libraries closest to you come up first.  Items found in WorldCat can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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Here is a sampling of books recently ordered for the Carlson location. 

Many are already available.  Keep your eye on the catalog for more in the coming weeks! (updated 1/24/12)

A Selection of Recently Added Books

(updated 7/26/11)

Carlson and TMA Reference Library

Suggest a book for purchase

Fill in the Book Purchase Request form or, alternatively, contact Lucy Duhon or Alison Huftalen directly.