Find Print Books, DVDs, and more in the Library

Use the Library Catalog to locate materials in the library:

  • To search only a specific format (books, DVDs, periodicals, etc.), select from the first dropdown menu.
  • Perform an All fields search using words such as sculpture or “jewelry making. This will search the entire record of all the items in the catalog, including author, title, and subject areas.
  • Perform a Subject search using a word or words such as Cubism or “watercolor painting” to search for items on a specific topic.
  • Click the Advanced Search link to the right to search for full phrases or choose how words are combined.
    • “All these words” will only return results that include every word you enter.
    • “This exact phrase” is useful when the order of words is important; for example, still life.
    • “These unwanted terms” is where you list words you do not want in your results.
      • Example: I want to research French Impressionism, but already have too much information on Monet. I would type French Impressionism into “All these words” and Monet into “These unwanted terms.”
  • You can also search specifically in our Graphic Novel and Manga collections by selecting the link on the left side of the screen, then performing your search.
  • If you’d prefer to browse the shelves, most art and design books are located in these call number ranges:
    • Sculpture; Metal, Plastic and Ceramic Work: 730-739
    • Drawing; Decorative, Textile and Glass Arts: 740-749
    • Painting and Paintings: 750-759
E-Books are available through the OCC Library Databases. To access them, log into Ocean Connect and click on the tab for Library Services. The link search for e-books (near the top) will open the EBSCOhost eBooks database, which has over 9,000 books on the Arts and Architecture, including more than 3,000 books on art and design (they can be browsed by selecting Arts & Architecture from the list of Categories). Also included are over 300 books on crafting (they can be browsed by selecting Crafts & Collectibles from the list of Categories).
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Find Articles
The Library subscribes to several article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect. If you are unsure how to do this, please follow these instructions, or ask a member of the Library’s staff for assistance.
Oxford Reference Collection
This trusted reference collection connects you to several relevant texts, including The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art, A Dictionary of Modern Design, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Also included are reference books on music and literature, plus many more cross-disciplinary texts.
Fine Arts & Music Collection
This database offers access to a variety of resources covering the arts, including newspaper and magazine articles, reference sources like dictionary and encyclopedia entries, and peer-reviewed articles from academic journals.
Art Full Text
This database provides access to both popular and peer-reviewed articles on photography, fine, decorative, and commercial art, plus folk art, architecture, and more.
Biography in Context
With articles from newspapers, academic journals, and magazines, plus images and audio clips, this resource is great for research on a specific artist, designer, or fashion designer.
US Major Dailies
This database provides access to some of the country’s biggest newspapers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Most newspapers are available up to the most recent edition, and some go as far back as 1980. This resource will provide you with reviews of museum or gallery shows all over the globe.
New York Times Newspaper (Historical)
For older museum or gallery reviews, plus commentary on architecture, check out this database, which remarks on more than just the New York City area.
A collection of over 2 million images from 280 collections images covering art, architecture, fashion and costume, and theater, this database has several browsable Classification groups that may be relevant to your research, such as Drawings and Watercolors; Fashion, Costume and Jewelry; Graphic Design and Illustration; and Paintings.
Academic Search Premier
This widely used database provides full text access to a very broad range of peer-reviewed articles on topics including arts & literature, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
Library, Archival, and Museum Arts Resources
Library of Congress Free to Use and Reuse Sets
This page features browseable images from the Library of Congress’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. These sets are just a small sample of the Library’s digital collections that are freely available. The Library believes hat this content is either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
the POC contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. This included photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
The DPLA brings together 20,596,409 digitized books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials from libraries, archives, and museums all over the country.
British Library Images Online
Images Online is the picture library of the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom. It gives you instant access to thousands of greatest images from the British Library’s collections, including historical texts, antiques, antique maps, furniture, architecture, anthropological artifacts, glass, and ceramics.
Europeana Collections
Explore 51,581,697 artworks, artifacts, books, videos, and sounds from thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums.
Artstor has made more than 1 million image, video, document, and audio files from public institutional collections freely available to everyone – subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Please abide by their terms & conditions with regards to reuse.
A hand in motion making white lines on a black background. It is artist Robert Longo using the medium of chalk. Gif created by Brooklyn Museum
Fine Arts Museum Resources Online

Many works of art available freely online are intended for scholarly purpose only, and should not be downloaded or copied. Please locate each website’s terms and conditions or information on rights and reproduction before using any artworks.

Guggenheim Museum Digitized Publications
Hosted on the Internet Archive, this is a digitized collection of over 200 books and catalogs documenting the Guggenheim Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Five decades of publications on art history (more than 1,600 items) from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are available to read, download, and search for free.

J. Paul Getty Museum
The collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art – including illuminated manuscripts, painting, drawings, sculpture, and decorate arts – from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day. The Getty makes available, without charge, all digital images to which Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose through its Open Content Program. No permission is required.
Museum of Modern Art

Over 450,000 items from the Met’s collection are searchable on their website. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. The museum presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.
Museum of Modern Art
More than 77,000 of MoMA’s almost 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art are currently available and searchable online. These images should not be reproduced, and are for scholarly purposes only.
Guggenheim Collection Online
Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks. Browse using any of the available parameters, or use the search on the left hand side.
Whitney Museum Online Collections
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. Search or browse through this digitized collection, which include over 20,000 works from artists such as Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Andy Warhol.
National Gallery of Art
Search or browse the NGA’s collection by artist or format. Their catalog includes non-digitized items, so select “Images Only” when performing a search to limit to items you can view online.
LACMA Collections
The Los Angeles County Museum’s online collection of nearly 60,000 artworks includes over 20,000 public domain images, free to download and use as you please!
Courtland Institute – Art & Architecture
The Courtland Institute of Art, which conceived and built the Art and Architecture web site, was founded in 1932 and is a major center in Britain for the study of the history of Western art. The website is designed to be explored, with more than 40,000 images and a network of over half a million links.
Rijksmuseum Search
As a national institute, the Rijksmuseum offers a representative overview of Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages onward, and of major aspects of European and Asian art. Search their 600,000+ item collection, over 300,000 of which have digitized images. When doing a search, select Advanced Search and then choose “only images.”
Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of over 44,800 European fine arts items from the 8th to 19t centuries.
Web-Exclusive Art Resources
Google Arts & Culture
The Google Arts & Culture platform hosts millions of artifacts and pieces of art, ranging from prehistory to the contemporary, shared by 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries across the globe. Browse on the home screen or perform a search in the upper right hand corner.
Bridgeman Images
Founded in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections, and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. While this art may be freely studied online, you may not remove any watermarks or copyright notices contained in the Bridgeman Images content, so please. no downloading or copying. See the terms of use page for more information.
Pond5 Public Domain Project
Download thousands of historic media files, including video, audio, images, and 3D model files, for your creative projects. All files are made freely available by Pond5 through Creative Commons licensing.
Google Image Search
Not sure what your digital image is depicting? Drag and drop it into Google’s Image Search and see if it can help you find out!
Launched in 1999, this search engine locates all examples of an artist’s work available online. Some aspects have no been updated recently, and some links may not work.
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is pat of the non-profit, multilingual, free-content Wikimedia family. It contains nearly 50 million freely usable media files that can be searched or browsed.
GeoCoded Art
The goal of GeoCodedArt is to use digital map technology to add context to fine art, and to use fine art to illuminate geography. Search by painting name or artist, or browse by region to find out what geographic area in depicted in a specific painting.
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