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Art & Architecture: Art Libraries & Books

This guide offers resources and starting points for researchers in art history, digital scholarship, and visual culture.

Illuminated Initial "L"

A detail of the letter "L" painted in shades of blue with ornamental flourishes. An iris flower with a butterfly on a gold background appear next to the exterior edges of the letter.

Illuminated Initial L (det.) from an Alphabet Book, Paris, France, 16th c., ink and paint on parchment, Collection of the Walters Art Museum

 

Library Catalogs

UNC Libraries Catalog

Tips: Visiting & Searching Art Library Collections

In addition to UNC's library catalogTRLN search, and Worldcat, there are several art-specific catalogs that may be helpful to your research. Some of these catalogs include international holdings which may not appear in local catalogs or in Worldcat.  Use UNC's Interlibrary Loan services to request materials held in other libraries worldwide. We have several great art and architecture library collections in the area that are open to the public:

Catalogues raisonnés

catalogue raisonnè is a comprehensive list of works created by an artist, or work created in a particular medium by an artist. Reproductions of the artworks are also included, along with the date, provenance, location and history of the artist and their work.

To locate catalogues raisonnès in UNC's Art Library, search the library catalog (and search Worldcat for holdings in other libraries).  Try using the following advanced keyword searches:

  • catalogue raisonnès and the artist's name (e.g. catalogue raisonnès and Leonardo da Vinci)
  • werkverzeichnis and the artist's name
  • complete paintings/drawings/prints or sculpture and the artist's name
  • complete works and the artist's name

Collector's Marks

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find a book or article you need at a UNC library? Try Interlibrary Loan