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Studio Art Resources: About the library

Five essential databases


The current guide is based on one originally created by Gwen Evans.

About the Library

The Library is located next to the art building. We have books, journals, DVDs and special collections as well as online databases.

Many art and architecture books are located on the first floor of the library in the N's; photography can be found on the 8th floor in the T's. Don't forget the oversized books! Also on the first floor, these contain many of the best images.

First Floor Map

To check out books, use your BGSU ID.

The library has print journals from 1997 to the present. Older volumes can be requested from the Depository. Print journals are on the first floor in alphabetical order by title. In addition, there are magazines and fanzines like Art Freak and Flygirl in the Music Library and Popular Culture Library.

Print journals cannot usually be checked out, but the library has scanners and color copiers on the first floor.

DVDs and videos
DVDs and videos are on the first floor by the oversized books, in the Popular Culture Library, and online.

Students can check out first-floor DVDs and videos for one week and DVDs from the Popular Culture Library for 3 days.

Special Collections
Popular Culture LibraryThe Browne Popular Culture Library, on the 4th floor, has a wealth of visual materials, including comic books, graphic novels, posters and postcards.


Music LibraryThe Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives, on the 3rd floor, is good for finding not only music books and records but also album covers, posters, and life-sized cardboard standups.


Curriculum Resource CenterThe Curriculum Resource Center, on the 2nd floor, has resources for teachers but also puppets, picture files, illustrated children's books, pop-up books, and the Ellison Machine, which will punch out an amazing variety of shapes from paper or cloth.


Special materials in the PCL and Music Library cannot be checked out, but they can usually be copied or scanned.

Online databases
Databases are the best way to find articles, but they are good for finding books and images, too. Databases for artists are mostly in the Art, Architecture & Design and Videos & Images lists. See the box at the left for a few really good ones.

Log in from off campus using your BGSU e-mail username and password.