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If you are looking for visual arts books in the library, you will see that the visual arts area is arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system (LCC) —a combination of numbers and letters. This page provides a basic overview of how the LCC system works. Most of the visual arts books are found under the N class and photography under the TR class

For example, here is the book Smile in the Mind found in the catalog entry with an explanation of the call number.


If you have any questions or need help, please don't hesitate to ask!

To find visual arts books in our library, the best place to start your search is under the tab ICACAT.

To find books in the visual arts section, begin by typing in your search parameters (like "Renaissance", "Monet", "Performance Art", etc.).

This search begins with Leonardo da Vinci and limiting the search by Location: Academic Library - Visual Arts:

You can also limit your search results based on subjects, if you are looking specifically for a biography, an artist, a time period, etc.


Art & Architecture Source

Full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.


Browse 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists' estates.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists

A comprehensive and definitive resource for artists’ biographies, published since 1911.
Includes 149,000 biographies as well as auction records, exhibition histories, and over 11,000 images of artists’ signatures and stamps of sale.

Oxford Art Online

Access an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Getty Publications Virtual Library

More than 300 books from the collection to download and read for free.

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Digital hub for interdisciplinary research in fashion and dress. Content is peer-reviewed by industry and academic experts and includes interconnected major reference works, exclusive articles, scholarly eBooks, case studies, biographies, lesson plans, bibliographic guides, textbooks, video content, runway and backstage photos from fashion shows, and tens of thousands of images from museums around the world to create a rich educational resource.

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