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Art & Design Research Guide: Books

A research guide to access hard-copy and online resources in the discipline of art & design.

Find Books at Ryan Library

WorldCat is the tool you need to research books (and more). With one search, you will find:

  • Books and media materials at PLNU
  • ebooks available through PLNU
  • Articles from some of our most-used databases
  • Books available from other institutions through InterLibrary Loan

A few things you should know:

  • For books found in Ryan Library, the check out period is 3 weeks, with an optional 3-week renewal.
  • Renew books online by logging in and then selecting "My Library Account" in the upper right of the screen.

Reference Books: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Below several print books from Ryan Library's reference collection are highlighted:


Print Books on Art and Design

Reference books, encyclopedias and dictionaries, are kept on in the Reference area and are for in-house use only. Books on art and design that may be borrowed are located on the Upper Level of Ryan Library in the 700 to 779 call number range:

701: Art theory

709: Art History

720: Architecture

730: Sculpture, Ceramics, & Metalwork

740: Graphic Art

750: Painting

760: Print making

770: Photography and film

Credo Reference: Art and Art History

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Credo Reference helps you start your art research with reference resources in art history, biographies of artists, and vast image collections from the Bridgeman Archives.


Ryan Library provides access to over 180,000 ebooks.