Northwestern University’s Art Library holds over 160,000 books and journals about art, architecture, and design, with particular strength in 19th century art and architecture. Other highlights include photography, early modern art, fashion and a growing Asian collection. The Library serves the Northwestern community, including departments of Art History, Art Theory and Practice, both staff and patrons of the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, as well as visiting scholars, artists and researchers from around the world.
Books & Exhibits
New titles at the Art Library include:
- Maya Narrative Arts
- Plastic Capitalism : Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste
- Erwin Olaf - I Am
See the full list.
Find materialsBooks and serials are located in rooms based on subject matter and shelved according to size and call number. Reference books are located to the right of the reference desk in the Martin Reading Room, and on the low shelves along the west wall in the Architecture Reading Room. Refer to our shelving location guide for details.
Our spacesThe 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. The Architecture Reading Room, on the east side of the third floor, holds materials related to architecture. Learn about the artwork in these spaces.