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Fine Art: Books and Ebooks

A Subject Guide for the School of Fine Art


The Academy of Art Library has put together a selection of books that will be useful to you in your studies. Please keep in mind that this is by no means a comprehensive list. The Library has many other books on Fine Art. If you have trouble finding them, please ask for assistance at the Access Services Desk.

Selected Fine Art Books by Subject

Interlibrary Loan with Link+

Link+ is a union catalog of over 7 million contributed holdings from participating libraries in California and Nevada. AAU students, faculty and staff can electronically request items not available at the AAU Library and have them delivered for check out. Link+ may be accessed directly at or by clicking the Search Link+ button on the library’s search pages. Link+ items will arrive at the AAU Library in 2 to 4 days and an email message will be sent letting you know they have arrived. The loan period for books is 21 days, with one 21-day renewal. There is no charge to request or borrow Link+ items.



Alberto GiacomettiWalking Man II, 1959-60, Bronze

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How to Access Ebooks

There are two ways to access the Academy of Art ebooks collections: 1) by searching the Library Catalog and 2) by searching the Ebook Central and EBSCO ebook databases individually. 

1. Search the Library Catalog

E-books listed in the library catalog will have a location of "Online Resource" or "Online Course Reserve." Click on the title of the book and you will reach the e-book's item page. Click on the grey button in the middle of the page that says "Access this e-book online" to access the e-book. The book will open in a new window. 

You can use the Advanced Search function to have the the library catalog limit your search results to e-books. Type in the title or keywords for the book that you would like, then, under Material Type, select "e-book" from the drop down menu. Your search results will include only e-book titles. 

2. Search the Ebook Central and EBSCO e-book databases directly.

The Library purchases e-books on two different platforms. To search these directly, click on either Ebook Central or EBSCO. Once there, you can use the search functions to find relevant titles. Ebook Central offers over 9,000 titles, while EBSCO is a smaller collection of individually purchased titles. 


Ebook Databases

Library of Congress Call Number Ranges for Fine Art

Interested in browsing books in your subject area? This is where you can find them in the Library! 

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries ND30-31
Biography ND35
History-General Works ND50
Ancient (Egypt, Greece, Rome) ND75-130
Medieval Painting ND140 B
Byzantine Painting ND142
15th-19th Century-European ND170-190
20th Century Painting ND195
     Abstract Painting ND196.A2
     Expressionism ND196.E9
     Surrealism ND196.S8
Painting by Region/Country ND201-1114
     United States ND205-237
     Canada ND240
     Mexico ND250
     South America ND320-449
     Great Britain ND461-497
     France ND541-553
     Germany ND563-588
     Italy ND611-623
     Netherlands ND631-653
     Belgium ND661-673
     Russia ND681-699
     Spain ND801-813
     China ND1040-1045
     Japan ND1050-1059
Painting - General Works ND1130
Painting-Appreciation and Interpretation ND1143-1145
Figure Painting ND1290
Portrait Painting ND1293
Landscape Painting ND1340
Still Life Painting ND1390
History of Painting Technique ND1471
Color Theory ND1486
Painting Technique and Materials-Instructional ND1500
Murals, Frescoes, and Graffiti ND2550-2880
Illuminated Manuscripts ND2889

Interested in browsing books in your subject area? This is where you can find them in the Library!  

Encyclopedias, Textbooks, Dictionaries NB50
     Ancient – Egypt, Greece, Rome NB75
     Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture NB170
     Early Modern and Modern Sculpture NB197
Sculptors – Alphabetical by Artist’s Last Name NB237-249
Sculpture by Region/Country NB205-1080
     American NB205
     California NB230
     Mexican NB250
     European NB450
     British NB463
     French NB463
     German NB568
     Italian NB613
     Indian NB1002
     Japanese, Chinese, and Korean NB1036
     African NB1080
Sculpture Technique NB1140
Sculpture Interpretation and Appreciation NB1170
Sculpture Materials NB1200-1270
     Soft Sculpture NB1203
     Cement Sculpture NB1215
     Metal Sculpture NB1220
     Wood Sculpture NB1250
     Terracotta Sculpture NB1265
     Paper, Neon, Glass NB1270
Funerary Sculpture NB1856
Figure Sculpting NB1930
Sculpting Animals NB1940

Interested in browsing books in your subject area? This is where you can find them in the Library!  

Printmaking and engraving NE1-978
     General NE1-90
     Engraved portraits NE218-330
     Conservation and restoration of prints NE380
     History of printmaking NE400-773
     General works NE830-898
     Study and teaching NE970-973
     Competitions NE975-975.4
     Equipment NE977-978
Wood engraving NE1000-1352
     General NE1000-1027
     History NE1030-1196.3
     General works NE1220-1233
     Japanese prints NE1310-1326.5
     Linoleum block prints NE1330-1336
Metal engraving NE1400-1879
     General NE1400-1422
     General works NE1620-1630
     History NE1634-1749
     Copper engraving NE1750-1775
     Color prints NE1850-1879
Etching and aquatint NE1940-2232.5
     General NE1940-1975
     History NE1980-2055.5
     General works NE2120-2140
     Dry point NE2220-2225
Serigraphy NE2236-2240.6
Monotype (Printmaking) NE2242-2246
Lithography NE2250-2570
Lumiprints NE2685-2685.8
Engraving on glass NE2690
Printing of engravings NE2800-2880

Interested in browsing books in your subject area? This is where you can find them in the Library!  

Zoology QL1-991
     Invertebrates QL360-599.82
     Reptiles and Amphibians QL640-669.3
     Birds QL671-699
     Mammals QL700-739.8
     Comparative Anatomy QL801-950.9
Human Anatomy QM1-695
     General QM1-511
     Skeleton QM101-117
     Joints QM131-142
     Muscles QM151-170
     Vascular System QM178-197
     Respiration and Voice QM251-265
     Digestion QM301-367
     Nervous System QM451-471
     Sense Organs QM501-511
Physiology QP1-981
     Musculoskeletal System, Movements QP301-321

Course Reserves

The library purchases one print copy of each textbook for onsite courses. The library purchases the ebook edition of textbooks for online and onsite courses if they are available through our vendors. Print copies are on Course Reserve at the Library, which means that they are available for use within the library for a one hour time period. This ensures that all students are able to access these popular titles. You can search the library catalog for your course reserve items by course number using the Course Reserves page. Course Reserves are kept behind the Access Services Desk near the entrance to the Library.

etching with skeleton figures

Guadalupe Posada, Calavera of Don Quixote,1910

Book Checkout Policies


Circulating books:

7 books for 14 days. 2 renewals allowed. 

Link+ books:

3 books for 21 days. 1 renewal allowed.


Graduate Students and Faculty

Circulating books: 

10 books for 14 days. 2 renewals allowed.

Link+ books:

3 books for 21 days. 1 renewal allowed. 


Department Directors

Circulating books:

10 books for the duration of the semester. Books must be returned by the last day of the semester in which they were checked out.

Link+ books:

3 books for 21 days. 1 renewal allowed.