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Northwestern University’s Art Library holds over 160,000 books and journals about art, architecture, and design, with particular strengths in western 19th century art and architecture. Materials are located in the Eloise W. Martin Reading Room and the Architecture Reading Room on the third floor of Deering Library. This distinctive collection supports the research, teaching, and learning of Northwestern's departments of Art History and Art Theory and Practice; serves the art information needs of the entire Northwestern community; and provides art information to visiting scholars, students, artists, and researchers from around the world.


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Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Art Library features two public reading rooms and research space for faculty and graduate students in Art History. The Eloise W. Martin Reading Room contains the Art Library's books and bound periodicals, and provides ample quiet study space. The Architecture Reading Room, on the east side of the third floor, holds materials related to architectue, and offers an additional quiet space for study. Visit our Shelving Locations page for more information. 
Research databases and online subscription resources for Art are found here.
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 Ramon Casas, frequently travels the world in major museum exhibitions. Learn here about the Chicago architect Walter Netsch, who designed the Main Library and other buildings on Northwestern's campus during his long career.
To schedule a research consultation or instruction session with an art librarian, please email the Art Library or visit our Staff page. Directions to the Art Library are available here.