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Art: Books

Use this guide to explore library materials related to Art

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Need research help? Having trouble finding, identifying or evaluating library resources? That is what your CSM librarians are here to do.  

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Or browse the book stacks to find art books:

N   Visual Arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design, Illustration
ND Painting
NE Print Media
NK Decorative Arts
NX Arts (in general)

TR Photography

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 can be for these types of information:

  • Subjects covered in the book

  • Other books written by the same author(s)

  • Books in the same series

Look for  in the Explore! section.  

The CSM library uses Call Numbers to organize books on the shelves.

Call Numbers are a book's shelf address. The combination of letters and numbers tells you where to find it in the library.

When you look up a book on the CSM library web site, you'll find the Call Number on the book info page. Write down this number and match it up with label on the book on the shelf. Example: NB 85 .B63 2010‚Äč

Books with call numbers that start with REF are in the reference collection and cannot be checked out.

Books that don't start with REF are available for check-out with a valid CSM Student ID.

If you need help finding a book, ask a librarian!


Search Terms

To search by subject, enter the following terms or phrases, including puctuation, in the library catalog search box and click "Subject."


Art, Abstract

Art, Africa

Art, American

Art, Ancient

Art and literature

Art and society

Art appreciation

Art -- Dictionaries

Art -- Encyclopedias

Art, European

Art, Medieval

Art, Modern

Art museums

Art, Primitive

Art, Renaissance