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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 the COVID-19 response, the best way to view Artists' Books is to visit the Teaching Images and Videos and Artists' Books Image Databases and Videos for online resources.  Starting on February 1st, there will also be a limited number of appointments available for Pratt faculty and students to view materials in person. To schedule an appointment to view special collections materials or for more information about access to Special Collections, please contact

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