Art Library

Art Library
Images of the Art Library are courtesy of and © Terry Kattleman.

About the Art Library

Queens College Art Library has developed since the founding of its collection in 1937 into a leading art library of the City University of New York (CUNY). Its resources in the visual arts and material culture address all aspects of art and architectural history, including theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice. The Art Library holds approximately 100,000 books, some 100 current periodical subscriptions and 137 closed periodical subscriptions, 60,000+ pamphlets and exhibition catalogs, 60,000+ images, QC M.A. theses in art history, and special collections. Many more materials are accessible electronically.

The Art Library is on Level 6 of Rosenthal Library, which is also home to the Queens College Art Center.   Founded by the Art Library in 2013, the Art Center continues as partner with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.

Given the challenges many libraries currently face, the Art Library is pleased that it can offer its users growing resources acquired by purchases and gifts, and an increasing number of art publications accessible online. In recent years, our material collections have been enriched by the outstanding libraries focused on the Italian and to some extent Northern Renaissance, bequests of the late Professors James H. Beck, of Columbia University, and Creighton E. Gilbert, of the QC Art Department and later Yale University. Important donations of hundreds of titles each have been accepted from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (current art monographs), The Jewish Museum, Art Department Professors William W. Clark (medieval art), James Saslow (Renaissance art), and Rose-Carol Washton Long (20th century art), QC alumna Karen Siegel (her late mother’s art library), Claudia Weill (her late parents’ Asian art collections).

Numerous other donations are steadily bringing in important publications and documents, which otherwise it would be difficult to acquire, that strengthen the research potency of the Queens College libraries. The Art Library appreciates the generosity of its supporters.

We welcome your suggestions, and look forward to welcoming you in Art.

New @ the Art Library

Working with media has become easier with Shared Shelf, a platform available through the Artstor Digital Library. Web-based media management software, Shared Shelf enables institutions to easily manage, store, use, organize, share, and publish their institutional and faculty media collections within their institution or publicly on the Web. With Shared Shelf’s built-in layered privacy controls, restricted access may be provided for local, institutional, or consortial use, i.e. a collection may be made accessible via a single institution website (e.g. QC Department, etc.), a group of institutions (e.g. CUNY), or open-access websites, and also may be published into a workspace that will provide a single point of access to our local content and the Artstor Digital Library.

Since November 2017, CUNY Graduate Center’s CUNYdid collection, containing nearly 200,000 art history images, is shared across CUNY institutions subscribed to Artstor or Shared Shelf. In addition to Queens College, these now include Baruch College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Brooklyn College, City College, College of Staten Island, Hostos Community College, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, New York City College of Technology, Queensborough Community College, and York College. Queens and several of the above colleges are making their collections published to Artstor available to CUNY.

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