Art History: Find Books

Requesting Books from Summit

When you find an item in the catalog, if you see Find & Request under the title, that means that the book is not in our collection but is held at one of our partner libraries. You can request the book by clicking on Find & Request (sign in at the upper right corner of the page to do this) and selecting Request from Summit. It takes approximately five days to receive an item through Summit.

Request Books through ILL

If a book you need is not available either through PSU or Summit, you can request it  through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery (ILL). It can take up to 12 days to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan.

The PSU Library does not order textbooks or eBooks through Interlibrary Loan.   

Where are Art Books in the Library?

Browsing the library shelves by call number ranges is another strategy for locating information on a topic; call numbers can help you get to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks.

Portland State University Library Catalog: Search the PSU Library Catalog for information about books, journals, videos, government documents, and other materials owned by the Library. You may search by keywords, author, title, or subject headings.

Browsing: One can search the library shelves by call number in order to locate information on a topic; call numbers can help get you to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks. Most art materials which circulate (Location = "PSU Library Shelves") will be found in the "N's" on the 3rd floor. All Reference books (Location ="PSU Library Reference Collection") will be found on the 2nd floor. The "N's" can be subdivided as follows:

N Visual Arts. General
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Graphic arts: drawing, design, illustration
ND Painting
NE Print Media: printmaking, engraving, woodcuts, lithography, etc.
Decorative Arts. Applied Arts. Decoration and Ornament.
Arts in general, including works dealing with two or more arts (for example, the performing arts and the visual arts)

Photography (TR) and Crafts (TT) are located on the 5th floor.

Worldwide Art Catalog Collection

The Millar Library subscribes to a service that provides dozens of exhibition catalogs every year. Most of the catalogs are shelved under the general call number N405.W6. When you have searched Vikat and retrieved a book cataloged under this call number, you will know that it is an exhibition catalog. You need to write down the 5-digit number that appears at the end of the call number: for example, N405 .W6 no. 17569. Books with N405 .W6 call numbers are shelved on the third floor, in numerical order according to these final, 5-digit numbers. More recently published catalogs are shelved by the main sbject of the exhibition such as a particular artist or artistic movement.

From the collection