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Fine Arts and Visual Communications - Central Indiana: Books

A guide to library resources and services for Fine Arts and Visual Communications

Borrowing Materials--Policies and FAQ

  • Your Ivy Tech ID card serves as your library card. Community users may obtain a library card at the circulation desk.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL) services are available to Ivy Tech students and faculty. Please fill out the ILL Request Form here.
  • >Ivy Tech students and faculty can browse and borrow materials from the nearby Herron Art Library.
  • Although it is a non-circulating collection, the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Stout Reference Library also makes its collection of books, catalogues, periodicals and online resources available to students and faculty. 

Where do I find Art and Design books in the library?

Many college libraries, including Ivy Tech, use Library of Congress Classification to organize materials. 

Call Number Subject
N Visual Arts
NA Architecture 
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design, Illustration
ND Painting
NE Print Media
NK Decorative Arts
NX Arts in general

Other sections where art books appear include:

  • SB--Landscape Architecture and Gardens.
  • TR--Photography.
  • Z--Book Arts (including Bookbinding and Fine Art Books).

Search IvyCat

Click here to search IvyCat, Ivy Tech Libraries' online catalog.

Search WorldCat

Click here to search WorldCat. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and around the world.

WorldCat via Ivy Tech Virtual Library

Featured Books from the Collection


The library subscribes to a number of e-book collections that provide access to over 70,000 e-books.  You access them through the Virtual Library.  Click here to see a complete list of e-book collections.

Relevant E-Book Collections:

Net Library


CREDO Reference


Five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read, download, and/or search for free.



Getty Publications Virtual Library