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Book Arts: Book Arts Guide

Subject-specific lists of book arts materials available in Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library

ALSC Access Policies

Monday through Friday

12pm to 4:45pm.

Reduced hours during recess periods; closed for University holidays.

Each reader must register once per year, and follow all policies and procedures for use of the Special Collections Reading Room.

On site materials can be viewed the same day.  Orbis location code is: Haas Arts Special Collections (Non-Circulating)

Off site materials require at least 2 business days notice.  Orbis location code is LSF. Contact to Request Item.


The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections are composed of materials from the former Art+Architecture and Drama Libraries as well as the Arts of the Book Collection. These previously separate special collections are now united in the Special Collections Reading Room. Rare and unique, modern and contemporary, published and manuscript materials are gathered together to create a resource that includes both research materials about and examples of the arts.

This guide brings together multiple lists of book arts materials arranged by theme or subject.  Beautifully-made, cutting edge, unusually-shaped, and other interesting books created as works of art themselves also contain useful information.  Each book expresses the views of its maker(s) not only in the meaning of the words, but in what is communicated by the form of the object.  Unexpected structures and materials, imagery, typography and other creative means allows artists to express their views. 

The lists in this guide, one subject per tab, allow readers to see just a few of the topics addressed by artists in bookworks available in Special Collections at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.

Associate Director, Arts Library

Jae Rossman
The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, 180 York Street.

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