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Art: Books

A guide to finding information in art. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: Bolt art beyond

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Key locations

3rd Floor

700 Art in general
701 Theory of art
704 Iconography
708 Museums and galleries
709 History of art
720 Architecture
730  Sculpture
740 Drawing and decorative art
Commercial art
741.9  History of drawing 
745  Design and decorative art 
750  Painting
759  History of painting 
760 Prints and printmaking



Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Call Numbers for selected topics

Abstract art 709.04052
Abstract painting 759.06
Aesthetics 701.17
Aesthetics: philosophy 111.85
Ancient architecture 722
Ancient art 709.01
Architectural periods 722-724
Architecture of specific countries 720.9 …
Art, general by country 709.3 - .9
Art criticism and appreciation 701.18
Art galleries: catalogues 708.2
Art museums 707.4
Art nouveau 709.035
Art techniques 701.8
Art theory 701.1
Artists' books 709.04082

Baroque arts 709.033
Baroque architecture 724.19
Bauhaus 707.1143
Body image in art 704.942

Caricatures 741.5
Cartoons 741.5
Cathedrals 726.6
Ceramics 738
Christian art 704.9482
Churches 726.5
Colour in art 701.85
Colour theory 752
Conceptual art 709.04075
Computer art 776
Computer graphics 006.6
Constructivism 709.04057
Cubist painting 759.06
Curating 707.45

Design, general 745, 745.4
Domestic architecture 728

Ecclesiastical architecture 726

Feminism in art 706.907
Figure painting 757
Frescoes 751.44, 751.73

Genre painting 754
Gothic architecture 723.5
Gothic revival 724.3

Happenings 709.04074
Human figure in art 704.942

Impressionism 759.05
Installations 709.04074
Internet art 776
Islamic architecture 723.3
Islamic arts, general 709.56

Land art 709.04076
Landscape painting 758.1
Lithography 763

Mythology in art 704.947

Nature in art 704.943
Nude in art 704.9421

Painting: techniques 751
Patronage 706.992
Performance art 709.040755
Pop art 709.04071
Portraits 757

Religion in art 704.948
Renaissance art 709.03
Romanesque architecture 723.4

Sculpture: techniques 731
Sculpture: history 732-735
Space art 709.04079
Stained glass 748.5
Surrealism, general 709.04063

Video art 709.04074
Visual theory 701.15

Water colour 751.42
Women artists 704.042

20th century art 709.04
21st century art 709.05

Individual artists

Works on individual artists can be found in several different places according to the medium they work in. Within the medium they are grouped by country.

Art of a particular country

The art of a particular country will be divided by medium eg:
730.942 English sculpture
759.2 English painting


New books

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Chicago style

The Department of Fine Art recommend using the Chicago style for citations. 

Chicago style referencing offers two options for citations: either to list brief citations in the body of the text as in Harvard referencing, or to list them in footnotes as in Oxford referencing. So it is especially important to check which format your department wants you to use. You should be able to find more information in your course or module handbook. If you cannot find anything there, do ask your course tutor.

Chicago style includes extensive details on editorial style as well as referencing. You can find more information in the Chicago Manual of Style Online.