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Artists' Books and Bookbinding Techniques: Artists' Books Overview

Selected titles that provide information on the history of artists' books, the work of book artists from other countries, and bookbinding technique manuals.

About Special Collections

About:

Overview of the materials found in Special Collections

Location:

Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections

Room 201, second floor

Hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

How to identify materials in Special Collections:

All materials are in the RISD library online catalog  and distinguished by call number location prefixes:

SPECIAL, SPECIAL OVERSIZE, FLAT FOLIO, LARGE FOLIO, SPECIAL PERIODICAL.

Artists' Books have these location prefixes:

ARTISTS' BOOKS, ARTISTS' BOOKS OVERSIZE, ARTISTS' BOOKS FLAT FOLIO, and ARTISTS' BOOKS RISD.

Access:

  • Already know of a specific book or periodical in Special Collections that you wish to see? Drop in any time we are open.
  • Not sure what special materials you want to see? Email Claudia Covert to discuss your research/project and schedule an appointment.

Duplication Options:

All duplication requests are subject to copyright fair use restrictions and condition of the materials. Readers may take digital photographs, upon request.

Sketching and Note-taking:

  • Allowed: graphite and ordinary pencils, sketchbooks, notebooks, paper, laptops, iPads, phones.
  • Not allowed: pens, markers, charcoal, paint, ink, etc. 

Other Special Resources:

check out our Special Collections Blog

Selected Titles About Artists' Books

Book Arts Newsletters & Serials

Book Arts Newsletter (Centre for Fine Print Research, UK)