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Visual Art Resources

Josiah: The Library Catalog

The best place to get started with your research is usually the library catalog, Josiah. It's the big search box found near the top of the library homepage. When you search Josiah, you will be brought to a page of results, divided by format, including books and ebooks, journal articles, journal titles, media such as DVDs and streaming video, and more.


The stacks will not be open for browsing during the fall of 2020. However, you can still borrow print books! When you see a book that you want to borrow, click on the title link. Immediately after the call number you'll see a link to request the book.

  • For books in the Rock, Orwig, or Sciences, the link will say "Request Item." The book will be retrieved by library staff for you and held for 72 hours, after which you'll receive an email telling you that it's ready for pickup. Books will be in bags in the Rock lobby, already checked out to you. You may pick them up during any of the hours that the Rock is open.
  • For Annex books, the link will say "Item." The same rules will hold regarding pickup
  • For Hay books, the link will say "Request-Access" and will take you to the Hay's request system, Aeon.

The most important thing to remember: you will need to think ahead! No last minute pickups of print materials.

If you are not on campus this semester and would like to use a print book, contact Karen who will look for an e-version that the library can purchase or temporarily lend to you.

Find and Use Ebooks

You can search for ebooks with our ebook search tool:

You can also find ebooks using the search box on the homepage. Here’s how:

  1. Do a search for your topic in the search box on the Library homepage.
  2. At the bottom of the “Books” box, click “View Results.”
  3. In the “Limit your search” column, click “Online.”
  4. If prompted, log in using your Brown ID and password.

HathiTrust Temporary Ebooks

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Brown community has temporary access to about 40% of our print books through digitized versions in HathiTrust. If a print book is checked out or you are unable to come to campus to borrow it, it's worth checking HathiTrust.

There is no way to limit your Josiah search only to HathiTrust books, but you can search HathiTrust separately (see below).

Free web resources

Ebooks Art Collection

In addition, we have access to a collection of books published by Yale University and now digitized and available through this site. There is a section for Modern and Contemporary Art. Titles will also turn up individually in Josiah searches.

Mural with Chicano imagery painted on building facade.

Ray Patlan and others. Casa Aztlan. Mural in Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. 1979ff. Photograph by Thorkild C. Bøg-Hansen via Creative Commons license.