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The Directory of Artists' Books Collections

NOTICE: The Directory is currently in archival mode. Links may be outdated.

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 search


Amherst College, Robert Frost Library


Archive for the artists' books category (blog)

Artists' books in circulating stacks and in Archives and Special Collections

* Please note: multi-institutional coverage.


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


SAIC Digital Collections   

ACA Library of Savannah College of Art and Design

Artists' Books Collection
Baylor University Book Arts Collection



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Bennington College, Crossett Library


Brown University, John Hay Library

Book Arts Collections


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 Libraries, New York


Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Columbus College of Art and Design  


Corcoran College of Art and Design, Corcoran Library


The Corcoran Artists' Books Collection is housed at George Washington University


Dartmouth College, Sherman Art Library

Denison University
Archives & Special Collections


Duke University, David M. Rubenstein Rare & Manuscript Library

Artists' Books by Women

Emory Univeristy
Stuart A.Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library




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


Franklin and Marshall College Library


George Mason Univeristy


The George Washington University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

Corcoran Art & Design Artists' Books Collection

Corcoran artists' books collection: library catalog search


Harvard University, Fine Arts Library


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


Kansas City Art Institute, Jannes Library


artist book collection library catalog


Long Island University, Brooklyn
Artists' Books Collection



Louisiana State University, Hill Memorial Library
Special Collections
library catalog


Maine College of Art, Joanne Waxman Library


Maryland Institute College of Art, Decker Library
(see Featured Collection: Book Arts)


Messiah College, Murray Library
Artists' Books Collection


Massachusetts College of Art and Design


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


Oberlin College, Clarence Ward Art Library


Otis College of Art and Design, Millard Sheets Library


Parsons School of Design, New School
Special Collections

Do a subject search on "artists' books"

Penn State University,Eberly Family Special Collections Library

Fine Printing Collection


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus Library


Princeton University, Princeton University Library, Graphic Arts Collection


Reed College, Special Collections and Archives


Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library, Special Collections


Ringling College of Art and Design, Alfred R. Goldstein Library


Rochester Institute of Technology, Wallace Center


Cary Graphics Arts Collection


Rutgers University Library, Special Collections and University Archives


Scripps College, Ella Strong Denison Library, Rare Book Room


Skidmore College, Lucy Scribner Library, Special Collections


Smith College, Mortimer Rare Book Collection


Southern Connecticut State University, Hilton C. Buley Library

library catalog


Stanford Libraries


Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Library


Swarthmore College, McCabe Library, Rare Book Room


University of Arizona, The Special Collections


University of California, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library


University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Design Library


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


University of California, Los Angeles, Arts Library


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


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, Special


University of Iowa, Special Collections library catalog

University of Kentucky, Little Fine Arts Library


University of Louisville, Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library


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


library catalog


University of New Mexico


Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections

Fine Arts and Design Library


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sloane Art Library
University of North Texas Denton

Biennial Artists'Books Competition and Exhibition

Entries selected for the purchase prize become a permanent addition to Special Collections

University of Notre Dame,
Hesburgh Libraries


Fine Presses and Artists' Books

Indiana University School of Fine Arts Artists' Books Collection


University of Oregon, Design Library


Special Collections


University of Pittsburgh, Frick Fine Art Library


"Discovering the Artists' Books of the Frick Fine Arts Library"

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University Libraries

University of Texas at Austin,
Harry Ransom Center


University of Texas at Austin, Fine Arts 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, Special Collections Library


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 Online search


Beverly Hills Public Library, Art Research Library


Boston Public Library


Book Arts and Publishing
Broward County Library

Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library

Cerritos Library, Cerritos, CA

Book Art Collection
Free Library of Philadelphia

Print and Picture Collection 


Library of Congress, Rare Book/Special Collections Reading Room


Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon


New York Public Library, Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs


The Newberry, Chicago
library catalog


Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library





Museum Libraries and Archives
  Library site Online search


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


Art Gallery of Ontario, Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives

Rare books and artists' books


Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA



Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Museum Libraries and Archives


Artists' books catalog browse


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

library catalog

The Center for Book Arts, New York Online collections database:


Getty Research Institute Library


The Menil Collection


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



MOMA Dadabase




National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives Art Metropole Collection


National Museum of Women in the Arts


New Mexico State University, University Art Gallery


Artists' books collection


Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry browse collections


Seattle Art Museum, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library


artists' books titles

library catalog


Smithsonian Institution



Artists' Books Collection


Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


Rosemary Furtak Artist Book Collection

explore the Walker collections


Whitney Museum, Frances Mulhall Achilles Library





Other Libraries and Archives
  Library Site Online catalog


Artists' Books in Scotland


Directory of the Scottish Visual Arts Group  


Bibliotheque et Archives nationales du Quebec


Heritage Collection of Artists' Books and Bibliophile Books  


Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA


Erika & Fred Torri Artists' Book Collection

search the collections


Banff Centre,
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives

Artists' books tumblr


Boston Atheneum Rare Books

Artists' Books Collection

search the collections


Paper Machine, New Orleans

Artist Book Collection


Visual Studies Workshop






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

For additions or corrections, please contact:
Mo Dawley
Senior Librarian Emerita
Carnegie Mellon University

Last complete revision, October 4, 2018
Last updated, August 29, 2023