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About the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

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Its valuable print holdings and the access it provides to all the major art and architecture databases make the Art and Architecture Library the best of its kind in the region. The Library holds over 105,000 art and architecture volumes in various media including over 800 videos and DVDS and over 1600 journal titles, and subscribes to the foremost electronic article indexes, e-book reference works, and digital image databases as well as lesser known specialized electronic resources that support the research needs of faculty. The digital image databases deliver through the Web a critical mass of visual images for teaching and learning to all faculty and students. Through the Washington University Libraries system, Art and Architecture Library users have access to over 230 online databases to support interdisciplinary research. The Art and Architecture Library web site helps users quickly find print and electronic resources and gives tips for searching effectively. The collections and access are planned to serve the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Art Special Collections is a 3,400 volume collection of rare and unique art and design printed materials located at the Art and Architecture Library. The main focus of Art Special Collections is illustrated books, prints, and photographs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights of the collection include 19th century French caricatures, illuminated manuscript facsimiles, important works on design from the 19th century, catalogue raisonnés, and illustrated books that serve as examples of various printing techniques. Art and design students have access to these primary sources as part of their curriculum through classroom visits to use special collections materials in the library's seminar room. This collection continues to grow based upon the teaching and research needs of Sam Fox School faculty.


For more information, read the article in the WU Libraries' publication Off the Shelf: The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library: A Community Treasure (pdf)