Shelving Locations and Call Numbers

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Shelving Locations | Art Call Numbers | Other Locations

Shelving Locations

Art books and serials are shelved according to size in three sequences: Regular, Large (L), and Folio (F).

The call number sequence for Regular-sized books and serials begins at the right of the Art Desk, follows the perimeter of the Martin Reading Room, including both alcoves, and ends at the left side of the desk.

Large books (27+ cm high or wide) are housed on the free-standing shelves in the Martin Reading Room, beginning on the right (north) side. They continue on the left side of the Martin Reading Room and into the south alcove. Large and Folio serials are housed in the north alcove. Folio books (35+ cm) are located in the south alcove. Most materials on architecture, civic and landscape art (710s and 720s), including reference books and serials, are located in the Architecture Reading Room, across the lobby from the Martin Reading Room.

Art Reference books are located to the right of the Art Desk in the Martin Reading Room, and on the low shelves along the west wall in the Architecture Reading Room.

Please ask at the Art Desk if you need assistance.

Art Call Numbers

700 The Arts - Fine and Decorative Arts
701 Philosophy of fine and decorative arts
702 Miscellany of fine and decorative arts
703 Dictionaries of fine and decorative arts
704 Special topics of fine and decorative arts
705 Serial publications of fine and decorative arts
706 Organizations and management
707 Education, research, related topics
708 Galleries, museums, private collections
709 Historical, geographic, persons treatment
710 Civic and Landscape Art
711 Area planning (Civic art)
712 Landscape architecture
713 Landscape architecture of traffic ways
714 Water features
715 Woody plants
716 Herbaceous plants
717 Structures in landscape architecture
718 Landscape design of cemeteries
719 Natural landscapes
720 Architecture
721 Architectural structure
722 Architecture to ca. 300 AD
723 Architecture from ca. 300 to 1399 AD
724 Architecture from 1400 AD
725 Public structures
726 Buildings for religious purposes
727 Buildings for education and research
728 Residential and related buildings
729 Design and decoration
730 Plastic Arts - Sculpture
731 Processes, forms, subjects of sculpture
732 Sculpture to ca. 500 AD
733 Greek, Etruscan, Roman sculpture
734 Sculpture from ca. 500 to 1399 AD
735 Sculpture from 1400
736 Carving and carvings
737 Numismatics and sigillography
738 Ceramic arts
739 Art metalwork
740 Drawing and Decorative Arts
741 Drawing and drawings
742 Perspective
743 Drawing and drawings by subject
744 [unassigned]
745 Decorative arts
746 Textile arts
747 Interior decoration
748 Glass
749 Furniture and accessories
750 Painting and Paintings
751 Techniques, equipment, materials, forms
752 Color
753 Symbolism, allegory, mythology, legend
754 Genre paintings
755 Religion
756 [unassigned]
757 Human figures
758 Other subjects
759 Historical, geographic, persons treatment
760 Graphic Arts - Printmaking and Prints
761 Relief processes (Block printing)
762 [unassigned]
763 Lithographic (Planographic) processes
764 Chromolithography and serigraphy
765 Metal engraving
766 Mezzotinting, aquatinting, related processes
767 Etching and drypoint
768 [unassigned]
769 Prints
770 Photography and Photographs
771 Techniques, equipment, materials
772 Metallic salt processes
773 Pigment processes of printing
774 Holography
775-777 [unassigned]
778 Fields and kinds of photography
779 Photographs

Other Locations for Art Materials

In addition to resources in the Martin and Architecture reading rooms, art-related material may be found in several other locations. A book location guide is available here; library building maps may be found here.

Art books put on course reserve are temporarily held at the Main Circulation Desk. More information on course reserves is available here.

Some rare and/or fragile art materials are located in Special Collections, next door to the Art Collection.

Some titles with call numbers 701 (Philosophy of fine and decorative arts) and 711 (Area planning - civic art) are housed on Level 3 South in the Main Library.

The Core Collection holds many second copies of basic art books.

Current issues of journals/periodicals are located in the Periodicals and Newspapers Reading Room in Level 1 East in the Main Library.

Art and architecture videos and films are located in the Main Library's Mitchell Multimedia Center.

African art books, posters, and other visual materials are housed in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies in the Main Library.

A selection of books may be held off-site at the Oak Grove Library Center; this location will appear in the item's NUcat record. Members of the Northwestern University community may request these materials for in-library use, with a 24-hour turnaround period during regular business hours.