Art Collection

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Northwestern University Library’s Art Collection holds over 150,000 volumes, and subscribes to over 600 journals, and over 20 major databases. Supporting the research and curricular needs of the departments of Art History and Art Theory and Practice, as well as other patrons, the collection covers the arts, ranging the fine arts and art history and theory, including not only painting, sculpture, and architecture, but also photography, fashion, design, and subjects ranging from ethnic and folk arts to comic art and numismatics. Particular strengths include mid-nineteenth- to early-twentieth-century Western European art, especially in French art of this period, and architectural serials.

Services and Staff
To schedule a research consultation or instruction session with a subject specialist librarian in Art, please email the Art Collection or visit our Staff page. To learn more about other services we offer, please visit our Services, Circulation Policy, and FAQs pages.
Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Art Collection features two public reading rooms and research space for faculty and graduate students in Art History. The Eloise W. Martin Reading Room contains the majority of the Art Collection, and provides ample quiet study space. The Architecture Reading Room, on the southeast quadrant of the third floor, holds materials related to that subject, and offers an additional quiet space for study. Visit our Shelving Locations page for more information. Directions to the Art Collection are available here.
Filming in Deering Library
Requests for filming and photographing within Deering Library may be submitted by completing an Application for Photography in the Library.  Please carry your approved permit with you when filming or photographing.
Art in the Reading Rooms
Learn about the portraits of Charles Deering's family and of French composer Erik Satie, which hang in the Martin Reading Room, as well as the secular stained glass windows located in both reading rooms, and the various busts and statues displayed in the Martin reading room here. El Bohemio, the portait of Satie by renowned Catalan artist Ramon Casas frequently travels the world in major museum exhibitions.
Art Museums in Chicago and Beyond
Find art museums in Chicago and the surrounding areas, as well as a listing of art museums farther afield.
Walter A. Netsch (1920-2008)
Learn about the Chicago architect who designed the Main Library and other buildings on Northwestern's campus during his long career.
Northwestern University Library's Art Collection greatly appreaciates donations. Please take the time to review the library's guidelines.