The library's artists' books collection contains over 1,760 books, and the library is constantly adding more artists' books.
The Library’s artists’ books collection requires special care and is shelved in a secure area. Selections from the collection are often displayed in the library. You may request individual artists’ books to look at in the library; ask the staff for help.
It takes several steps to see a list of all artists’ books in the library’s collection, but is worth the effort if a complete list is what you are seeking. Using the library's online catalog:
To find artists’ books by a specific artist using the library's online catalog:
To find artists’ books on a specific subject using the library's online catalog:
If you do not get any results or too few results, start a new search:
You can also use the “advanced search” of the online catalog to find artists’ books with a certain characteristic (such as a binding style like scroll, Coptic binding, or gate fold), using specific artistic process (collage, Xerox, rubber stamp, etc.), or made with different types of materials (for example, handmade paper or acrylic). This same strategy will work to find artists’ books published by a specific press (Perishable Press, Something Else Press, etc.).
Use ARTstor to find artists’ book images. You can search the entire collection or limit your search to “CIA Artists’ Books Collection” (which is a small selection for the library’s large collection), or “Shared Shelf Commons” collections of Bucknell University or the Joseph C. Sloane Art Library (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
You must be logged into Artstor to download images. If you have not yet set up an account, the library staff can help you, or you could watch the library’s video that will walk you through the process of setting up one. Please be sure to use your CIA email address!
For see more images of artists’ books, please see this guide’s page on web resources.
The library staff is very familiar with this collection and is glad to help you use this collection -- Just ask!