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Artists' Books Collection

A cornerstone of Special Collections at the Pratt Institute Libraries, this collection features artists' books from the 1960s to the present day.
Due to COVID-19 response, items in this collection are currently inaccessible, but you may find more information about frequently used items on the Teaching Images and Videos page. Visit the Artists' Book Research Guide and Artists' Books Image Databases for online resources.  Please contact for specific research questions related to artists' books.

About the 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. In general, the artists books we collect have been conceived as artworks in their own right and produced in open or limited editions, as well as democratic multiples.

This collection is developed in close cooperation with faculty members teaching courses related to the Book Minor, and is particularly geared toward serving as documentation of a variety of Artist Book practices and formats that can serve as examples and inspiration to students engaged in creating their own book-based works.  For research tips and information on how to make your own books, visit the Artists Books' Guide.

Don't see an artists' book you think we should have?  Use our Suggest a Purchase Form, and we will take your request into consideration as we make our collection decisions. 

Video of How Books Work (Flying Fish Press, 2010) used with permission of Julie Chen and Clifton Meador. Flying Fish Press, 2010.

New to the Collection