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UCC Library uses the 'Dewey Decimal' system. Some of the main classification numbers of relevance to History of Art include:
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts
708 Galleries, museums & private collections
709 Historical, geographic & persons treatment
730 Plastic arts; sculpture
740 Drawing & decorative arts
745 Decorative arts
750 Painting & paintings
760 Graphic arts; printmaking & prints
770 Photography, photographs & computer art
Books at these numbers are shelved on the Q+3 floor. Use the Library Catalogue to locate books. f is used to denote a larger (folio) book which won't fit on the main shelves - this is true of a lot of Art books. They will be found in the Folio section - these shelves are clearly marked "Folio".
You can search the catalogue here:
Books that are in high demand are held in the High Demand Books Room, on the ground (Q) floor. Self-issue & return within the room.
You cannot take the book out of the library, but you can take it to any of the study areas within the library for up to 4 hours.
Use the Library Catalogue to find books and eBooks. Note:
Location: what floor it is on
Call number: where it is shelved - see the book's spine
Status: is it available or currently on loan?
You can choose to search for e-books only on the E-journals & E-books page - see:
Most of UCC Library's eBooks can be located through the Library catalogue.
A 'view online' link is provided to the eBook, for example:
It is also possible to search eBook databases. eBook databases relevant for History of Art include:
Search across 11 reference works:
The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (5 ed.) 2016
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.) 2016
A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.) 2016
A Dictionary of Modern Design (2 ed.) 2016
Dictionary Plus Art and Architecture 2016
The Oxford Companion to the Garden 2006
The Oxford Companion to the Photograph 2006
The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists 2007
The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (3 ed.) 2015
The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.) updated 2011
The Oxford Companion to Western Art 2003
Would you like to be alerted by email to new books received in the Library in your subject area? Just log into your Library Account on the Library Catalogue and save your search. See the instructions for Preferred Searches and email alerts here