Art and Architecture

Collection Statement

Art and Architecture collections in the Arts Library are developed to meet ongoing research and instructional needs, primarily in support of the Visual Arts department and programs within the Arts and Humanities division.  The collections also support academic departments with interdisciplinary courses including Literature, History, Music, Theater, and Film, Ethnic, and Urban Studies.  The most relevant published books, exhibition catalogs, journals, electronic resources and media are collected. The strength and ongoing collection emphasis is in the areas of Modern and Contemporary art.

Primary Library of Congress (LC) call numbers for Art & Architecture print materials 

While the collection is predominantly in the N and TR classifications, print materials supporting art and architecture are found in a wide variety of classifications. For specific call numbers, please check the online catalogs, Roger for UCSD holdings and/or Melvyl for UC-wide holdings.

  • AM - Museums
  • BH - Aesthetics
  • BS - Christian symbolism
  • E 75 - E99 - Native American art
  • F - Pre-Columbian art
  • N - Art
  • NA - Architecture
  • NB - Sculpture
  • NC - Drawing, Graphic arts, Cartooning
  • ND - Painting
  • NE - Print media
  • NK - Decorative arts, Applied arts
  • NX - Arts in General
  • SB - Landscape architecture
  • TR – Photography and Cinematography
  • TT - Arts and Crafts

Key Databases for Art and Architecture

See also ArchitectureVisual Arts and Image research guides.

Additional resources used for culture-specific art research can be found at the Article Index Databases for Art History Research page.

Course Materials

Text and media reserves for classes

Contact Information

Leslie Abrams
Architecture & Visual Arts selector
(858) 534-3221

Arts Library
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, 0175Q
La Jolla, CA 92093