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Photography (2019): Books

A guide for students in photography classes- created by librarian Maryke Barber

Books, Articles & Films from Hollins and RC

Search the Hollins and Roa. College collections:

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Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

Worldcat: Find books in libraries worldwide, and order them via Inter-Library Loan if Hollins does not have them.


  • Using will sort your results by relevance; using will put our books first.
  • When searching for a person in Worldcat, it helps to add a search term (or two) about who they are/what they do - to sort them out from other people with the same name. Try the following formula for photographers, for example:

Matthew Brady and photo*

or use the advanced search:

  • keyword: "Matthew Brady"
  • subject: photo*

Google Books contains full text for books in the public domain (pre-1923); partial text for books under copyright.

Very useful for finding out which books contain information on your topic; then you can order them via inter-library loan if Hollins doesn't have them.

Where are the.....

Book Locations


HU - General Collection:
"T" numbers are on the 2nd floor


HU - Folio and Oversize Folio:
2nd floor - TR is on the balcony!


HU- Reference
1st floor


RC - General Collection
use the "request" function in the online catalog

Search Tips

Examples of subjects in the online catalog:

  • Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984 -- Exhibitions

             This is an exhibition catalog.

General subjects (for a list you can browse):

  • Photographers
  • Photography, artistic
  • Photojournalism
  • Photography - History
  • Photograph collections

Search for People:

Last name, first name:

Mann, Sally

No results? Search more broadly: 

women photographers OR
"united states" and photographers

Or to narrow down, add:

  • Country
  • Time period (19th century, 20th century, etc.)
  • Genre (pinhole)

Use the *

Use the *  (asterisk) to truncate your search terms, to search several terms at once.
Example: photograph* = photograph, photographs, photography, photographer, etc.

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