Fine arts materials available at Wells Library

Posted by Michelle Ann Crowe, Director of Communications
library books on a shelf

Books with the call numbers N-NX and PQ1-PQ6599 (Fine Arts and art history) are now located on the ninth floor of the East Tower of the iconic Herman B Wells Library.

While the extensive renovations of the ninth floor are not quite complete, the floor will open on Monday, August 21. All books are shelved in call number order, with oversize books located in the new study area behind the main elevator bank.  Please exercise caution when working in the area and respect the spaces marked off for safety.  Library staff at the Circulation Desk on the first floor are always available to help answer questions, direct you to the correct person or place, or to take suggestions.

For faculty and graduate students who prefer to wait for renovations to be complete, the Libraries’ Office Delivery service is a convenient way to access the materials.

About the collections

Current periodicals and Reference books are located on the first floor in the Reference Reading Room.

Please check IUCAT for specific call numbers:

  • Photography books (call numbers TR) are located on the 10th floor.
  • Arts & Crafts books (call numbers TT) are located on the 10th floor.
  • Typography and Bookbinding books (call numbers Z) are located on the 10th floor.
  • Comics and Graphic Novels (call numbers PN) are located on the 8th floor.

All new books and journals acquired for the growing fine arts collections will be housed in Wells Library. While the majority of the collections will be available in the open stacks on the ninth floor of  Wells, researchers can request other items for rapid delivery from Auxiliary Library Facility using the Library catalog, IUCAT. The delivery service and ALF storage are important ways Indiana University continues to increase the size of its physical collections.

Tools such as ARTstor Images, ARTbibliographies Modern, Art & Architecture Source and Arts and Humanities Citation Index continue to be available using desktops, laptops, and other mobile devices. There is no change in access. For a complete listing of art-related search tools and databases see the left-hand column of this research guide.

Related services

Need to scan a book?  You can take the book(s) and scan at the following locations in the East Tower:

Books on Reserve for Fine Arts classes are located in the West Tower, first floor, at the Library Services Desk. If you would like to place items on Reserve, please see Class Reserves.

Graduate students will transfer carrel access to new, Lockable Bookshelves on the ninth floor of Wells Library, located near large, power-supplied work tables. Questions regarding graduate carrels and Lockable Bookshelves can be referred to Randy Lent, Head of Access Services. Once construction is complete, expected fall 2017, Fine Arts graduate students can request a Lockable Bookshelf.

For additional services such as Reference and Instructional support, contact Angela Courtney, Head of Arts and Humanities or Catherine Minter, Librarian for Germanic Studies, French & Italian, Philosophy, History & Philosophy of Science, Classical Studies, and Linguistics.

As of August 2017, IU Libraries is currently recruiting for the Art, Architecture, and Design Librarian.