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Book Arts: Resources for Artists' Books & Bookmaking: Resources

This LibGuide will explore Book Arts from two perspectives: the history of the book and artists' book as innovations upon the traditional book.

Search the Pratt Catalog

Search the Pratt Library Catalog by navigating to the Library homepage ( and clicking on the Classic Catalog tab.

Try using the following keywords to search the Pratt Library Catalog and Databases:
            Artists' Books                                 Bookmaking

            artists' books                                  bookbinding

            altered books                                  book making            

arts                                         papermaking             

            zines                                                typography                         

Browse the Stacks

Browse the following call numbers in the Pratt Library stacks (most relevant titles will be found at the Brooklyn Campus Library):
Artists' Books
702.81 artists' books, altered books, book arts
709.04075 artists' books, altered books, book arts

070.3 070.572


686.3 bookbinding
686 bookmaking

686.22 typography

Searching for Artists' Books in Pratt's Catalog

In order to browse the Pratt Libraries collection of artists' books, you can use a "Wild Card" search in the classic catalog:

1.) Open up the Advanced Search page.
2.) Enter an asterisk ( * ) into the first search field.
3.) Specify "ARTIST'S BOOKS" in the material type section.


Other Resources

Need resources other than books? 

   Find academic journals and articles on the Databases & Articles page.

   Find open access websites on the Online Resources page.
   Find images on the Image Collections page.


The articles and books listed in this guide are are cited in APA style. For more information on citing your sources appropriately in various styles, see Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab).