Art Library Collections
Queens College Art Library holds materials dealing with all aspects of the visual arts and material culture, including art and architectural history, theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice.
Over 65,000 books are located on open shelves in the Art reading room, in Reference, General, and Folio collections. All books in the General collection are available for borrowing except those identified as Room Use Only books (with blue dots on spines). Reference and Folio books do not circulate. All books in the Art Library are classified in the Fine Arts section of the Library of Congress classification system:
▫ N visual arts in general
▫ NA architecture
▫ NB sculpture
▫ NC drawing, design, illustration
▫ ND painting
▫ NE print media
▫ NK decorative arts
▫ NX arts in general
The Art Library currently subscribes to approximately 100 journal titles in print and many more electronically, and holds over 5,000 bound periodical volumes. All periodicals, including their call numbers and physical location, can be found in CUNY+. They are located in the Periodicals alcove of the Art Library, where bound issues are shelved by Library of Congress classification system, and the current issues are shelved alphabetically by title, to allow for easy browsing. Some back issues of periodicals are on microfiche or microfilm (indicated by an MF or MC ahead of the call number) and are located in the Multimedia Commons on Level 1. Annuals and irregular serials, which technically are not periodicals, are shelved with books. Periodicals and all serials, regardless of format, do not circulate.
The Art Library small reference section is located near the entrance and contains dictionaries and encyclopedias, directories, bibliographies, indexes, catalogs and other materials for quick fact checking in all aspects of the visual arts. All Art reference materials are identified by an R or Ref preceding the call number. They do not circulate.
Indexes & Abstracts
Printed indexes and abstracts in hard copy are housed on tables adjacent to Reference. They do not circulate. At the head of the tables are located the printed edition The Dictionary of Art (1996), whose current edition is available online, and several subject and language dictionaries.
Art materials that are placed on reserve for specific courses are available through Reserve in the Rosenthal Library.