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Artists' Books: Learning More

The CIA Library has books and exhibition catalogs on artists’ books, and these are a great place to learn about the history, critical issues, and variety of books made by artists.

Recommended books to start

The following books are useful introductions.

Finding more books

The library is constantly adding more books on and exhibitions catalogs of artists’ books as well as books about specific artists’ books presses and artists. To find more information about the genre of artists’ books and its history, look up the following SUBJECT in the library’s online catalog:


If browsing is your preference, then you will want to look at books in call number section N 7433.3  - N 7433.4.  In this section of the library, you will find books about artists’ books and their history, exhibition catalogs, criticism and theory, as well as books on specific presses.  

Books about and exhibition catalogs of artists’ books have great photos, and looking at these photos can help you identify which books in the library’s artists' books collection or types of books you want to see.

Finding periodical articles

Use Art & Architecture Source to find articles on artists' books and bookmakers. If you are off campus, you will need to log-in through a proxy server using the same username and password you use to log-on to a computer on campus.

  • In first dialog box, type in “artists books” and change the type of search to a SUBJECT search by changing the “select a field (optional)” drop down box to SU subject.
  • If desired, you can limit your search -- by type of material, to full text only, and by time period of the publication.
  • If you are interested in articles on books by specific artists, enter their name into the second dialog box.

Want to Make an Artists' Book?

Please see the library’s guide on Making a Book.