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Artists' Books

Artist books are books created as original works of art. Mason Libraries own a growing number of artist books in Special Collections.

Where are the artists' books located? How can I see them?

Most of the Mason Libraries Artists' Book Collection is held in our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), which is open by appointment only. See to schedule your visit and request materials!

You can use the search strategies below to identify books you would like to request to see during your visit. If a location is listed as "Fenwick Library Stacks," those artists' books are held in the general library collection.

How do I search for artists' books at Mason?

Curious what artists' books are in the collection? You can browse, search, or talk directly to a librarian to help find and arrange to visit and see these works.

  • Browse a full listing of our artists' books in the Mason Libraries catalog
  • Ask the Art and Art History Librarian for help finding artists' books related to your research or personal interests
  • Search for artists' books with specific features (e.g., books on a special topic, by a specific artist, or with a particular binding or printing method):
    • Start with an Advanced Search: Mason Libraries Advanced Search
    • Change the first filter to "Genre" and enter "artists books"
    • Add your other search words in the next box, such as a topic, material, or printing/binding method

Screenshot of Mason Libraries advanced search page, showing an example of how to search for artists' books