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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Art: Books

RESOURCES, including Books, Journals, Reference Materials, Film and Images related to the study of studio arts, art history, and crafts

Finding Books

To find books at UNC Asheville, Appalachian State University or Western Carolina University, start with our catalog.  

Choose "Request Item" to have books from ASU or WCU delivered to UNC Asheville via ABC Express.

To find books beyond our library network, try WorldCat.

Materials not held within our network can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Searching the Library Catalog by Subject

It's usually best to start with a keyword search, but subject headings applied to relevant books can help to refine your results. Open the item record of a book that interests you.  Scroll down to the clickable subject headings, and run another search to explore similar books.

You can also browse the headings associated with a particular topic as a way of getting started with your research.

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Browsing by Call Number

Most ART books fall within the N call number range on our Upper Level:


1 - 890   ART GENERAL
49 - 298  
301 - 673  
700 - 890  
803 - 890  

Other relevant areas include:


CC (Archaeology)

D-F (History & Area Studies)

DA-DR (Europe)

DS (Asia)

DT (Africa)

DU (Oceania)

E-F (Americas)
GN (Anthropology)

GR (Folklore)

GT (Customs & Holidays)




            Applied Photography
            Photographic processing. Darkroom technique


Catalog Raisonne

A study of the work of a single artist or group/movement of artists. There are many of these available in the library. Look in the library catalog under the artist's name. Most of the monograph's contain excellent interpretations of the artist's works and some are comprehensive in covering the artist's full repetoire and literature about the artist (bibliography). A monograph which covers the breadth of an artist's production is referred to as a catalogue raisonne. 

Freitag, Wolfgang. Art Books: A Basic Bibliography of Monographs on Artists. New York: Garland Publications, 1985.

Mason, Lauris, Joan Ludman, Harriet P. Krauss. Old Master Print References: A Selected Bibliography. White Plains, NY:Kraus Int. Pubs., 1986.

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