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Books and e-books

Pile of booksTo find e-books use Explore, the library catalogue.

The print books are located in the UCL Main Library and cover the areas of Fine Art, History of Art, art theory and criticism, film, performance, and photography as follows:

Section A: historiography, museums, curating and the art market
Section B: philosophy, aesthetics, criticism and cultural studies
Sections C - M: specific periods in art history, from pre-history to the 21st century
Section P: applied and performing arts, graphic design, costume, music and sound, theatre
Section Q: film studies, history of cinema
Section R: photography
Section T: techniques, colour, materials, conservation

The library catalogue is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. In the catalogue, you will find the location details of the materials you are looking for: library site, collection and shelfmark.

Full text e-book collections

Other relevant print collections

  • Ancient History: concentrates especially on Greek & Roman history of the early & classical periods, history of the Ancient Near East and the early Christian Church.
  • History: sections on medieval, early modern and modern history, with particular strengths in British, European, London, American and Latin American history. 
  • English Language and Literature: books on literary topics not specific to any one language, literary theory and literature translated into English.
  • Philosophy: ancient and modern philosophy and aesthetics.

The Bartlett Library: includes books and periodicals relating to architecture, planning, development planning, construction and project management, sustainable heritage, energy, sustainable resources and environmental design and engineering.

The Institute of Archaeology Library: collections of pre-Medieval art and archaeology and museum studies.

School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) library: includes books on the art and design of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.

General reference works, encyclopeadias and dictionaries

Consult introductory material or general reference works for a broad overview of your issue or topic, and to identify key concepts, theories and researchers in the field.

These are some examples of introductory material available for Art History in the Library. The list is not extensive, and you should perform your own searches to see what else is available.