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About the Artists' Book 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.

To schedule an appointment to view special collections materials or for more information about access to Special Collections, please contact speccoll.library@pratt.edu.

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

Searching and Browsing Artists' Books

If you know the name of the creator or title of the book

  1. Go to library.pratt.edu and enter the name of the creator or title in the Research and Discover box.

  2. To see only items in the Artists Books collection, go to the "Library Location" filter on the bottom left-side of the screen and check "Artists' Books Collection/Go to Reference Desk."

If you want to browse the catalog

  1. Browse all items sorted by title.

  2. Browse all items sorted by date (most recent to oldest).