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This guide will help you with research related to artists' books. The Pratt Libraries Artists' Books Collection is highlighted. Resources at Pratt and beyond are offered.
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Books on Artists' Books

The Pratt Libraries offer many books related to artists' books. Search for books in our online catalog, PrattCat.

Click on a book image or link to view its PrattCat record--this will help you determine its location & availability.


The Pratt Libraries Artists' Books Collection

"The Artists' Books Collection encompasses books crafted, published, produced or altered by an artist, including works resulting from an artist's collaboration with artist-run organizations, colleges, universities, galleries, and museums. The collection also includes non-book works that represent a conceptual renegotiation of the traditional book form. Works in the collection date from 1960 to the present." Pratt Libraries Web site


"Artists' Books"

Artists' books aren't always referred to as "artists' books." Depending on a variety of factors like binding (if any), materials used, processes employed, etc., different terms can be used to refer to artists' publications. The following terms are commonly used to name different types of artists' publications. 

These terms can be used when searching for books in PrattCatarticles in Pratt Libraries Databases, and information on the Web.

altered book

artist's book

artists' books

artists' periodicals

artist's publication

book art

book object


democratic multiple

fine press book

livre d'artiste


pop-up book

sculptural book



Artist's Book Glossary

Not sure what "colophon" or another book art term means?

Use this Artist Book Glossary care of the the Montana State University Library Special Collections.


Suggest an Artist's Book

Did you do a PrattCat (online catalog) search, and didn't find an artist's book that you think we should own?

Use the Pratt Libraries' Suggest a Purchase form to make your request! A librarian will be in touch with you after your request is submitted.


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The Digital Artist's Book

Wondering about artists' books on the e-edge?

  • lightbinders
    Artists' books with embedded electronics. Participating in this project is Pratt Digital Arts professor, Linda Lauro-Lazin.
  • Page Turning in the Digital Age
    This blog entry discusses e-book page turning technology.

  • Pulp to Pixels Exhibit  
    Check out images from the "Pulp to Pixels" exhibit held in 2012 at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

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