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Art & Design: Finding Books & E-Books

How to Find Books in the Online Catalog

Search Primo and select Library Catalog. To find books, e-books, cds, movies or print journal holdings, type in one or two keywords and search.


On the results screen, you can choose items that can be accessed Online or are Available in the Library. Use the links on the left side to limit to books, by date, topic, etc.

Click "Details" to learn more about the item. Note that the book is either Available or checked out, and the Location and Call Number are given just under the author's name.


To find E-Books, click Full-Text Online and limit to Books, using the links on the left side of the page.  

Then click View to see the link to the e-book.



Click "Advanced Search" to search a combination of terms, or limit by date, author, etc.

View the short video on the Tutorials tab of this guide, for more detailed instructions and information on special features, like your personal E-Shelf and MyAccount.

Locating books on a particular artist

To find books on a particular artist, search for that artist's name in the online catalog (see below for detailed instructions). The Moment of Caravaggio by Fried: ND623 .C26 F69 2010 v.35:51 

If you do not find anything, try searching for the style or the period in which the artist worked, such as Surrealism or Renaissance Art.  Such books may contain information on an individual artist--check the index at the back of the book.  If you are still unable to locate what you need, search WorldCat (instructions at left) to find books in other libraries that you can request.

Google Books Search

Google Book Search


To find e-books, search by keyword or title, then check the filters for Books and Full-Text Online.

Where to Browse for Art Books

Books on the Fine Arts are shelved under "N", and broken down into subtopics. Browse these areas in the General Collection on the Top Floor, or the Reference Section on the Main Floor.  NOTE:  Many art books are large, and are shelved in the OVERSIZED section on the top floor.  Take the stairs from the lobby, go through the double doors at the top and the Oversized section is straight ahead.

N    Visual arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND  Painting
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general


If you do not find what you need in the Forsyth Library Catalog, search WorldCat to find books in other libraries. Click on a book title, then click "Order via Forsyth Library ILL".  For more information on requesting books and other materials, go to the Interlibrary Loan of this guide.