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Print Collections: Books and Periodicals

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Artists' Books

A special collection of over 1,700 books, this collection began in the late 1960s with a focus on books created by Fluxus, feminist and other conceptual artists.  The collection also includes CalArts student, alumni and faculty books.

Books in this collection may be:

  • Handmade and unique
  • Published by small independent presses
  • Designed by artists and photographers
  • Graphic novels and comic books

Artists' Books also include:

  • CalArts student, alumni and faculty
  • MFA Graphic Design Books
  • Critical Studies Tiny Press Practices Books


All Artists' Books are cataloged and may be found searching the online web catalog. Please search the catalog, write down the call number, and present the call number to staff at the Circulation Desk who will then retrieve the materials. Artists' Books must be used in the Library, under supervision of Circulation staff with the use of protective gloves. Artists' Books are available Monday-Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm, Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday 4 pm to 10 pm.

Exhibition Catalogs

This collection of over 16,000 exhibition catalogs began in the late 1960s and predominantly cover contemporary art and photography exhibitions from that date to the present.  Exhibition catalogs may be found searching the online library catalog. Most exhibition catalogs are shelved chronologically by the year of publication in the shelves along the back wall for browsing ease.  Many exhibition catalogs that cover pre-20th century artists, design, film and architecture are shelved in the regular library stacks. 


Current & back issues are available.  They must be used in the library and do not circulate. Online periodical indexes are available. Periodical indexes in print are located in the Reference section of the library.  The A to Z List of Electronic Journals, Magazines, Newspapers can be used to find all periodical titles available to you through the library.

For assistance, please contact:

Brena Smith
Coordinator of Reference, Outreach and Instruction

Last edited by vroveto on Aug 17, 2015
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