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Art History for Continuing Education short courses: Books

A guide to resources for Art History.

Using SOLO to find books in Oxford Libraries

You can use SOLO to find e-books and print books in Oxford Libraries.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO  or E-Books LibGuides.

Top Tips

  • Sign in to SOLO with your Oxford Single Sign on (SSO) or Library card details. 
  • Use the drop down menu to 'Search everything' or to specify 'online resources' (e.g. e-books) or a specific library
  • Click 'View online' to link to an ebook or digital item
  • For print book click 'Find and request' to see which libraries have the book, whether its available or out on loan, to place a reservation (for a book that is out on loan) and to order items from the 'closed stacks'   
  • Which Libraries can you use?  This depends on which course you are taking.     If you're not sure which Libraries you can use, check the information on the 'Home' tab above.

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Browsing your subject in the Continuing Education Library

Books of interest to Art History students  are shelved in the Lower and Upper Library under the following classification numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification):

700 Art - general, theory 740 Drawing and the decorative arts
710 Landscape design and gardens 750 Painting and individual painters
720  Architecture 760 Graphic arts and printmaking
730 Sculpture 770 Photography

Many Art books are oversize, and these can be found at far left of the Lower Library. Reference books are in the Reading Room.

Searching for books beyond Oxford

Purchase suggestions

If you would like to request a resource for purchase, please contact giving full details of the book and brief details of the course or project you are working on.     Alternatively please fill in the book suggestion form.

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Here's a sample of e-books you can find on SOLO.

E-books collections