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The Directory of Artists' Books Collections


This directory is being compiled to increase awareness of artists' books collections. It currently contains collections primarily in the United States and Canada. Special thanks to members of the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) for their contributions. If you would like your institution to be added, or if you wish to make any corrections, please contact us.








Academic Libraries
Library Site
Online Catalog


Amherst College, Robert Frost Library

* Please note: multi-institutional coverage.


Art Institute of Chicago (School of), John M. Flaxman Library, Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection       

ACA Library of Savannah College of Art and Design

Third Annual Artist's Book Symposium, March 2010
Juried Student Artist's Book Competition Award Winners, 2010
Baylor University Book Arts Collection



OPAC to Book Arts Collection


Bennington College, Crossett Library


Brown University, John Hay Library


Carnegie Mellon University, Hunt Library, Fine Arts and Special Collections Library


Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona


Cleveland Institute of Art, Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library


Columbia College Chicago


Columbia University, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library


Columbia University, Rare Book and Manuscript Library


Corcoran College of Art and Design, Corcoran Library


See the George Washington University, Gelman Library and Corcoran Art and Design Artists' Books Collection  


Dartmouth College, Sherman Art Library


Duke University, Perkins Library, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections

Artists' Books by Women:

Emory Univeristy
MARBL Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Artists' books blog
search Euclid for library holdings




Florida Atlantic University, Wimberly Library, The Arthur and Matta Jaffee Collection

The George Washington University,
Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library


Corcoran Art & Design Artists' Books Collection


Franklin & Marshall College, Archives & Special Collections


Artists' Books Collection


Harvard University, Fine Arts Library


Indiana University, Bloomington, Fine Arts Library

Guest Access:


Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron School of Art & Design, Herron Art Library Guest Access:


Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus


Louisiana State University, Hill Memorial Library


Maine College of Art, Joanne Waxman Library


Maryland Institute College of Art, Decker Library


Messiah College, Murray Library
Artists' Books Collection



Special Collections



Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Morton R. Godine Library

*Please note: multi-institutional coverage.


Mills College, Special Collections, F. W. Olin Library


Oberlin College, Clarence Ward Art Library


Otis College of Art and Design, Millard Sheet Library


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus Library


Princeton University, Princeton University Library, Graphic Arts Collection


Reed College, Special Collections and Archives
Reed Digital Collections:
Choose Special Collections from the menu
and do a Keyword search on: artists books collection


Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library

RISD Special Collections blog


Ringling College of Art and Design, Kimbrough Library
Search artists books specimens for a listing; some books are illustrated with permission from the artist


Rochester Institute of Technology, Wallace Memorial Library


Rutgers University Library, Special Collections and University Archives


Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Rare Book Room

*Please note: multi-institutional coverage.


Skidmore College, Lucy Scribner Library, Special Collections


Smith College, Neilson Library, Mortimer Rare Book Room

*Please note: multi-institutional coverage.


Southern Connecticut State University, Hilton C. Buley Library


Special Collections: SCSU Rare Book Room
Search artists books as subject


Stanford University, Green Library, Gunst Collectio


Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library


Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Rare Book Room


University of Arizona, The, Special Collections


University of California, Irvine, Langson Library, Special Collections and Archives


University of California, Los Angeles


Art Library

Charles E. Young Library, Special Collections


University of California, Riverside, Tomás Rivera Library, Special Collections Department


University of California, San Diego, Art and Architecture Library (and Mandeville Special Collections Library)


University of California, Santa Barbara, Arts Library (and Special Collections)


University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center


University of Colorado at Boulder, Norlin Library, Special Collections



University of Delaware, Morris Library, Special Collections


University of Georgia, Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library


University of Iowa, Main Library, Special Collections


University of Louisville, Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library


University of Michigan, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, Special Collections


University of New Mexico,
Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

Library site

Subject guide


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sloane Art Library

Subject guide


University of Oregon, A&AA Library


University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Art Library


University of the Arts
Greenfield Library
University of Utah Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts & Architecture Library

Rare Books Division of Special Collections


University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections


University of Wisconsin--Madison, Kohler Art Library

Browsable and searchable listing (with images):


University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library


Virginia Commonwealth University, James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives


Wellesley College, Margaret Clapp Library, Special Collections


Wesleyan University, Olin Memorial Library, Special Collections and Archives


Yale University, Robert B. Haas Family Library

Book Arts Resources:


York Univeristy
Artists' Books Collection,
Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections
Toronto, Canada




Public Libraries
  Library Site


Beverly Hills Public Library, Art Research Library


Boston Public Library
Broward County Library, Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library

Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA
Free Library of Philadelphia artists' books in the Print and Picture Collection 
Library of Congress, Rare Book/Special Collections Reading Room
Multnomah County Library, Central Library, John Wilson Special Collections
New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Science Library, Prints and Photographs Study Room
Newberry Library, The, Special Collections
Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library





Museum Libraries and Archives
  Library Site OPAC


Albright-Knox Art Gallery Library, G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library


Art Gallery of Toronto, E.P. Taylor Research Library
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA


Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Museum Library and Archives

Artists' Books by title:


Baltimore Museum of Art, E. Kirkbride Miller Art Research Library


Getty Research Institute Library


Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Archive



MOMA Dadabase

How to search:



National Museum of Women in the Arts


Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center


Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry


Smithsonian Institution, American Art Portrait Gallery (and Hirshhorn)



Artists' Books Collection
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Rosemary Furtak Artist Book Collection


Whitney Museum, Frances Mulhall Achilles Library





Other Libraries
  Library Site OPAC


Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA


Erika & Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection


Banff Centre,
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives


Boston Atheneum Rare Books

Artists' Books Collection



Visual Studies Workshop  






Compiled and designed by Erin Wilkins as a project of the Arts Library and Special Collections, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, 2008.

For additions or corrections, please contact:
Mo Dawley
Art and Drama Librarian
Arts Library and Special Collections
Carnegie Mellon University

Last updated November 28, 2017