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Art History III: Contemporary Art: Finding Books

Where are the Art Books?

Books at the VCSU Library are arranged by subject and the art books can be found on the second floor of the stacks in the 700-770 range! But don't be surprised if you find books in other areas of the library on your topic too!

700: Arts

730: Sculpture, ceramics & metalwork

740: Drawing & decorative arts

750: Painting

760: Graphic Arts

770: Photography & computer art

Interlibrary Loan

Looking for at book or article that the VCSU library doesn't have? Interlibrary Loan it! Interlibrary Loan is a free service that allows you to borrow articles and books from other libraries around the world. Please note that there is a wait time associated with all requests, and that books take longer to arrive than electronic articles.

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Finding Books

Follow these simple steps to locate and find books at the VCSU Library! 

1. Visit the VCSU Library homepage at and click on Books+ and then advanced search

2. From the Advanced Search enter your terms - the more terms you enter, the more narrowed your results will be. Tip: if at first you do not get the results you are looking for, try adding in synonyms for your search terms. 

3. From your results, narrow your search terms using the bar on the right hand side of the screen. Recommended narrowing fields: resource type, subject, year. The more fields that you narrow your search by, the more specific your results will be. This is an important step because you want to ensure that all of your search results are on topic. 

4. From your results, select books that you believe to be on topic. If the item is an eBook click on the link under the book; if the item is a physical book find the call number and locate the book at Allen Memorial Library. 

TIP: After clicking on a book, look at the subjects that are listed under the book. This will bring you to lists on books on that topic that might not have come up in the original search. 

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