Books

Search the Catalog

For basic details about searching for books in the library’s catalog and using a book’s catalog record and call number to find it on the shelf, download an information sheet.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for?

  • Suggest a Book: The library is always on the lookout for good books to add to the collection, and we’d love to hear your suggestions.
  • Visit a local library: We are lucky here in San Francisco to be surrounded by great libraries. The North Beach Branch of the San Francisco Public Library is just a few blocks away from our Chestnut Street campus, and a free SFPL library card gives you easy access to the entire SFPL collection, as well as a vast interlibrary loan network. Local museums and university libraries are also great resources for in-depth research projects.
  • Make an interlibrary loan request: If you’re looking for a specific book or article, and you can’t find it in our library or through the public library’s interlibrary loan system, rest assured, we will track it down!
  • Explore print and online periodicals: art magazines and journals are a great resource, particularly for topics that go beyond the scope of books (e.g. exhibition reviews, art world news, and profiles of emerging artists).