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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: 1a. Books and Ebooks

A guide to help you through the steps of the research process.

Books and Ebooks at the Academy of Art Library

The Academy of Art Library has over 35,000 books and 10,000 Ebooks in our collection and they are primarily related to subjects in the art and design disciplines. Use the Academy of Art Library Subject Guide for your school of study to find books related to your studies. Suggested books and Ebooks are listed on each guide under the Books and Ebooks tab.

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Use this search box to find items in the AAU Library catalog.

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.


Library of Congress Call Number Classification

The materials in the Academy of Art University Library are organized by the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System so that materials on similar subjects are shelved together. Each item is given a subject heading that corresponds to a call number which identifies the location of the item on a shelf. 

Items are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom, according to call numbers. Call numbers are read in this format:

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