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The Library welcomes recommendations from staff and students, provided they are current editions and support the learning, teaching and research interests of the University. Make your request through the Collection Recommendation Service.

New Journals
Library News for Fine Art
  • Have you checked to see what is on offer in the Library's Autumn 2023 webinar programme?
  • New Reading List: a reading list of texts on LGBTQA+ has been created by staff in the library, the list has material available in the library on LGBTQ+ in society as well as texts that are more specific to subject areas at UCA.
  • A new database, Statista, has been added to the Library databases. Statista offers insights and facts across 170 industries and 150+ countries which could be useful for researching the fine art market. You will need your University login to access the database. 

The library offers over 200,000 print and electronic books.  Print books are arranged by shelf number, which are found using LibrarySearch and on the book binding, the most relevant numbers are -

Subject Shelf Number
Drawing 741
Film 791.43
History of Painting 759
Individual Painters, A-Z by Name 759.092
Individual Photographers, A-Z by Name 770.92 and 779.092
Individual Sculptors, A-Z by Name 730.92
Journals and Sketchbooks 741.2
Modern Philosophy 1906
Performance Art 709.040755
Philosophy of Art 701
Photography Techniques 771
Printmaking 769
Sculpture 730
Video Art 777

Journals provide up to date research in your area of study, they may be available in print or electronic format and can be found using LibrarySearch. A list of all current journals can be found using the Journals A-Z, the most relevant are -

Databases bring together specialist collections of articles, images and electronic books. A list of all current databases can be found using the Databases A-Z, the most relevant are -

Moving Image Resources
Podcast Resources
Image Resources

Archives offer access to rare and unique insight into the work of artists and creators, and often include original letters and artwork. Details of all the collections can be found in the ArchiveSearch, the most relevant for fine art are -

Artists BooksArtists Books
Are works of art in a book, or book-like form. The appearance and production of the work is determined by the artist as a limited edition.
Digitised front covers can be viewed in ResourceBank

The bookRoom is a research cluster based in Farnham since 2004, under the leadership of Emmanuelle Waeckerle. The bookRoom collection consists of publish artists books and editions works that operates across various time-based media, photography, moving image, writing and performance.
A selection of digitised books can be viewed here

Drew GalleryDrew Gallery Projects
Evidence of the earliest developments in East Kent of the role of public art and regeneration between 1980s and 90s. Sandra Drew curated temporary art and sculpture exhibitions alongside the Canterbury Festival - the collection documents its history through posters, reviews and photographs.

undefinedHerbert Read Gallery Archive  
The archive consists administrative and publicity material generated by the gallery between 1983-2007 - exhibiting artists include Yoko Ono, Jeremy Deller, Mike Nelson, Fischli & Weiss, Adam Chodzko, Susan Hiller.

Stour ValleyStour Valley Arts
An arts organisation which engaged the public through commissioned art projects in the context of King’s Wood, Ashford, Kent from 1994 to 2015 -  inspiring resource for those studying sculpture, land art, and art in the public realm.

Tessa BoffinTessa Boffin Archive
​Photographer and performance artist, this collection reflects her artistic practice developed around LGBTQ, gay and lesbian culture and producing work in response to HIV/AIDS. A selection of digitised archives are available on ResourceBank.