Libraries and Library Resources

  • Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) Launched in May 2014, the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) offers an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat environment. Researchers may search within this specialized subset of Worldcat data to hone in on a vast trove of art-historical literature held in an ever-increasing number of the world’s finest art libraries. These art library records are searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of sources in the large metadata pool derived from thousands of commercial and freely-accessible collections, portals and repositories provided by OCLC as the WorldCat Central Index.
  • Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library Located at Columbia University in New York, the Avery has more than 400,000 volumes on architecture, historic preservation, art history, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology.
  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France Located in Paris, the website for this collection is trilingual in French, Spanish, or English. The Union Catalog of France (Catalogue Collectif de France/CCFr) provides a single search interface for more than 15 million documents in the three major French catalogs: the Catalog of Digitized Municipal Library Collections (Catalogue des Fonds des Bibliothèques Municipales Rétroconvertis/BMR); BN-Opale Plus (The Bibliotheque Nationale collection); and the University Documentation Catalog (Catalogue du Système Universitaire de Documentation/Sudoc).
  • British Library Located in London, the collection includes 150 million items, in most known languages, and 3 million new items are incorporated every year. The library has manuscripts, maps, newspapers, magazines, prints and drawings, music scores, patents, and a Sound Archive that keeps sound recordings from 19th-century cylinders to the latest CD, DVD and minidisc recordings.
  • Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University Associated with the Harvard Design School in Cambridge, MA, the Loeb Library's strengths are twentieth-century architecture, city and regional planning, American domestic architecture, nineteenth-century U.S. park and cemetery design and twentieth century landscape design.
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library Located in Washington, DC, this is one of the finest Asian art libraries in the United States with more than 80,000 volumes. About half of these publications are in Chinese or Japanese. While the collection is predominantly on Asian art and archaeology, it also collects items relating to the late 19th and early 20th century American painters represented in the Freer's art collections. Recently the Freer and Sackler Library's online catalog has been merged with the Smithsonian Institution Library's catalog.
  • Getty Research Institute Library A superb art library located in Los Angeles, the Getty library not only has a general collection but a fine collection of rare books & special collections, an active exhibition program, and vocabulary databases that are essential resources.
  • Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.
  • Libweb A directory of more than 8,000 webpages from libraries in over 146 countries.
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's Spencer Art Reference Library Located in Kansas City, MO, the Nelson's library is a non-circulating, research library dedicated to the history of art. The Library collection of 135,000 volumes includes monographs, serials, auction catalogues, exhibition catalogues, and non-book resources. Current serial subscriptions number about 500. The collection covers all periods and media of art with special strengths in American, European and Chinese art. While the library primarily serves Museum staff, it also extends its resources and services to the community, students, faculty, collectors, scholars and public researchers.
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries Catalog Online searchability for the Smithsonian's library collections with more than 1.5 million volumes, the archives & photograph collections, the American Art Museum research databases, and the specialized research bibliographies.
  • University of California Santa Barbara Art & Architecture Collection Known for its collections of artists' books, auction catalogs, and exhibitions catalogs, the UCSB's library holdings are searchable through this link.
  • WorldCat Licensed for the KU staff, students and faculty; also available to anyone using a public workstation within the KU Libraries. Includes millions of records describing items owned by OCLC member libraries, including the KU Libraries.

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