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Art and Visual Culture

A guide to print and electronic resources available at The New School Libraries and Archives.

Find Books

Search the 'Books & More' tab on the library website using keywords in the title, author, or subject, or the ISBN.

  • Ebooks can be accessed through links under the 'Online Access' section of the page.

  • Physical books are arranged using Library of Congress classification.  The New School students can borrow or request materials to pick up at any of our locations:

    • University Center Library (63 Fifth Avenue, 6th & 7th Floors): Art, Design, Technology
    • List Center Library (6 E. 16th Street, 8th Floor): Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Performing Arts Library (55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor): Music, Dance, Theater

View Access and Borrowing info, or Renew Books on the library website.  Most books can be borrowed for 16 weeks and renewed twice.

Use Consortium Libraries (NYU, Cooper Union, New York School of Interior Design) with your New School ID card.

Three ways to find related books:

  1. Click on subject headings in the library catalog.
  2. Browse the shelf to find books under the same call number.
  3. Look up books and articles referenced in literature.

Login to the library catalog to see more access options:

  • Offsite: Request items by clicking on the arrow to the right of the item listing and clicking on "Request Item."  You will receive an email when the item is available, 1-2 days.  
  • E-ZBorrow: Request books to be delivered to The New School in 3-5 business days.  Borrow for 16 weeks; no renewals.  Learn more.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Recommended for periodical articles, or books not available through E-ZBorrow.  To request, login to your ILL account.  Watch our video tutorial for detailed instructions.

METRO: Resource-sharing service for New York City area libraries. Onsite access only. (No borrowing privileges). 

WorldCat: Search WorldCat, a union catalog of library holdings around the world.  Learn How.

Request a Purchase of any books that you need for your research.

The New School subscribes to several E-book Databases.  Full-text searching is possible when searching within individual ebook databases.

Google Books can be used as a tool to search inside books.  Locate books using our library catalog.

Call Numbers

Most books on the visual arts are located at the University Center library, in the N (fine arts), NB (sculpture), NC (drawing), ND (painting), NE (printmaking) and NX (arts) sections.
There are also books in the TR section (photography).  Please see the Photography Research Guide for a list of call numbers in that section.

Art books are organized according to medium, geography, and country of origin of artists.  There are also sections for eras and movements, materials and techniques, and subjects in art (such as portraiture and nudes).  Books on new media art, installation art, and video art are located in various sections and are best located using the library catalog.

General Histories, Textbooks N5300 ND1130  
Ancient (Greek, Roman, Egyptian)
Medieval
Gothic
Renaissance, (Italian)
Baroque
17th and 18th Centuries
Modern
19th Century
N5310
N5950
N6310
N6370, N6915
N6410
N6410-6425
N6447, N6490
N6450-6465
ND60-139
​ND140-189
ND140-189
ND140-189, ND615
ND140-189
ND190-196

ND190-196
NB60
​NB90-164
NB170-180
NB190-193
NB190-193
NB190-193
NB197
 
20th Century N6490   NB198

Art Movements (19th/20th Century)

N6465, N6494 ND190-196  
21st Century N6496-6498    
  Art Painting Sculpture

African

N7380   NB1080

Americas

  African-American
  American 19th Century
  American 20th Century
  Central American and Caribbean
  Mexican
  Regional
  South American

 

N6501

N6538
N6510
N6512

N6550
​N6515
N6600

ND205




ND303
ND255

 

NB200




NB300s


NB300s
American Artists N6537 ND237 NB237
Asian

  Chinese Art, Artists
  Indian
  Japanese Art, Artists
  Korean
  Persian
  Southeast Asian
N7260

N7340, N7349
N7301
N7350, N7359


N7311



ND1040
ND1001
ND1050
ND1060
ND3241




NB1001
NB1050
Australian, Oceanic
  Aboriginal
N7400, N7410
ND1101
 
European

  Austrian
  Belgian
  British Art, Artists
  Czech
  Dutch/Flemish Art, Artists
  French Art, Artists
  German Art, Artists
  Italian Art, Artists
  Russian Art, Artists
  Scandinavian Artists
  Spanish Art, Artists
  Swiss Artists
N6750

N6811

N6761, N6797
N6834
N6925, N6953
N6847, N6853
N6868
N6911, N6923
N6981, N6997,9
N7073
N7101, N7113
N7153
ND450

ND511
ND673
ND461, ND497

ND625, ND653
ND541, ND 553
ND562, ND588
ND611, ND623
​ND681
​ND707
ND801, ND813




NB463, NB497


NB543, NB553
NB561, NB588
NB611, NB623
Jewish N7415    
General Artists' Manuals N7340
Drawing
  Anatomy
  Perspective
  Portraits
NC650, NC845
NC760
NC750
NC765
Painting
  Color
  Landscapes
  Portraits
  Still Life  
ND1500
ND1280, ND1488
ND1340
ND1301
ND1390
Sculpture NB1170
Subjects in Art
  Nude
  Portraits
  Women

N7570-7572
N7575
N7630

Art E-books

There are many new initiatives to digitize historical art books and to offer new publications -- including exhibition catalogs and scholarly monographs -- in digital format.  Public domain works can be by searching the Web.

Open Access Learning Resources