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ART: Art & Artists Research for Studio Art Courses (2023)

A guide for students in studio art courses, created by arts Librarian Maryke Barber

Where to Find Art & Photography Books


HU - General Collection
Art books have call numbers starting with "N". They are shelved on the 3rd floor

Photography books have call numbers starting with "TR". They are on the 2nd floor.


 HU – Folio
Folio books are larger, and are shelved on the 1st floor. Their call numbers also start with "N" (art) and "TR" (photography).


RC (Roanoke College), HU Annex
Use the "request" function in OneSearch

How N Works

N = Visual Arts (General)

NA = Architecture

NB = Sculpture

NC = Drawing

ND = Painting

NE = Print Media

Books in the Library

What's In ND: The Library's Books on Painting

ND25-3416 Painting
ND25-(48) General
ND49-813 History - by period, geographical area
ND1115-1120 Study and teaching
ND1130-1156 General works
ND1288-1460 Special subjects
ND1290-1293 Human figure
ND1300-1337 Portraits
ND1340-1367 Landscape painting
ND1370-1375 Marine painting
ND1380-1383 Animals. Birds
ND1385-1388 Sports. Hunting, fishing, etc.
ND1390-1393 Still life
ND1400-1403 Flowers. Fruit. Trees
ND1410-1460 Other subjects
ND1470-1625 Technique and materials
ND1630-1662 Examination and conservation of paintings
ND1700-2495 Watercolor painting
ND2550-2733 Mural painting
ND2889-3416 Illuminating of manuscripts and books

What's in NC - The Library's Books on Drawing

NC1-1940   Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC1-45       General (Including collective biography)
NC50-266    History of drawing - by period, geographical area
NC390-670  Study and teaching
NC673-677  Competitions
NC703-725  General works
NC730-758  Technique
NC760-825  Special subjects
NC845-915  Graphic art materials
NC930         Conservation and restoration of drawings
NC950-(996) Illustration
NC997-1003 Commercial art. Advertising art
NC1280-1284 Printed ephemera.
NC1300-1766 Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.
NC1800-1850 Posters
NC1860-1896 Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.
NC1920-1940 Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings