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History of Art: Books

Library subject guide for History of Art

Reading Lists


Use our online reading lists to find key readings for your modules. Link directly to an e-book, scanned chapter, or the library catalogue with information about where to find the book in the Library.

Finding books

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Featured Books

eBooks for Art History

The following resources are particularly useful for e-books to start your research and study across a wide range of themes in Art Histiory.. These resources include primary source collections as indicated.

Grove Art Online

The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, updated regularly and covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day

Early English Books Online

(primary source collection)

Early European Books Online

(primary source collection)

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

(primary source collection)

 Hathi Trust Digital Library

(primary source collection)

Find and use printed books

Most of our print books can be borrowed. If the book you want is on loan, you can place a hold on it and you will get an email when it comes back.

Our printed books are arranged by subject classification. The Classification Scheme can seem complicated to start with, but you will soon get used to it. Most books for History of Art are on floor 3 and floor 3 extension of the Library and have the following classmarks:

  • N : Fine Arts
  • NA: Architecure
  • NB: Sculpture
  • NC: Drawing. Design. Illustration
  • ND: Painting
  • NE: Print Media
  • NK: Decorative Arts
  • NX: Arts in General