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The place to start is in the Library of Congress Classification in the Main Collection on the first floor at the front of the building.
Under "N" the books are organized by medium.
N - General books and
comprehensive books on Art History.
NA - Architecture
NB - Sculpture
NC - Drawing and Commercial Design
ND - Painting
NE - Prints & Engraving
Under each medium, the books are in chronological order by the period of art history that the book covers.
Graphic design for the late 20th and 21st centuries can be found in NC 990 - NC 999
All books about a particular designer are grouped together. For example, the Van Gogh is under ND 653 G7. There you will find books of his paintings, autobiographical and biographical books, exhibition catalogs, and criticisms.
Photography is classed in the Technology section, rather than the Arts. Photographers and photography can be found in the TR section past the coffee shop.
When artists have worked in more than one medium, the book is placed with the predominant medium in that title.
Quartos are books that are larger or wider than most books. They are located right next to the N's, because the collection consists mainly of books in the Arts. Look here for exhibition catalogs and "coffee table" books. When using the library catalog, look for the location of "Quarto".
Tips on searching art in the Library Catalog:
1. Enter personal names last name first: Warhol, Andy
2. The Catalog does not suggest or correct spelling errors.
3. Use the Advanced Search for more clarity.
4. Wildcard symbols used in database searching will not work: ? within the work, * end of a word.
5. For examples of an artist's work, use the AUTHOR search
6. For critiques or info about an artist, search his name with the SUBJECT search.