Art & Art History


15 courses in art history and 4 courses in art studio. Two years of a foreign language, general education courses: English, social science, natural science, humanities, cultural diversity, physical education, math, speech.


Scope and Purpose:

A library collection in support of the Curriculum of the School of Art has the major concerns of ceramics, crafts, metal-smithing, drawing, enameling, graphic design, photography and painting. An initial study level of collecting is suitable for the undergraduate courses while an advanced study level of collection is necessary for the advanced courses.


The programs of instruction consist of survey of art, fundamentals of sculpture, screen painting, drawing color concepts, instrument drawing, lithography, watercolor painting, enameling on metal, architectural presentations, commercial design theory, graphic video, illustration, packaging design, and publication design leading to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of fine arts degree.


The collection is primarily in the English Language, but about five percent is in French, about five percent in German, and perhaps two percent in Spanish and Italian. The foreign Language materials generally deal with art history.

Geographical Coverage:

There are no limits on Geographical Coverage. Coverage is approximately seventy-five percent United States and Western Europe; fifteen percent Egypt and the ancient Middle East; ten percent Far East.

Period Coverage:

Coverage ranges from pre-historic through ancient Near East, Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome through the present. Fifty percent of the collection is twentieth century, twenty percent is nineteenth century American and European, the remainder is divided between the Near East, Egypt, Far East, ancient Greece and Rome.

Publication Types:

Seventy percent of the collection is Scholarly works, descriptive works, empirical and historical studies, theoretical studies, professional treatments, ten percent exhibition catalogs and ten percent collection catalogs. The remainder is divided between technically oriented materials which range from sophisticated handbooks to the most basic how-to-do-it books. The collection level is about seventy-five percent advanced study level and the remainder at a research level. A strong serials collection is required, as are specialized reference sources.


About eighty percent of the collection is in printed Formats, monographs, handbooks, and periodicals; DVDs, videocassettes, some slides and 16mm film make up the remainder of the collection. Electronic access to web-based materials is essential.

Remote Sources:

The two best art collections in the state, The Cleveland Public Library Fine Arts Division and the Cleveland Museum of Art Library, are accessible to our faculty. This relieves our collection of the need to acquire the more expensive and esoteric monographs, catalogs, and foreign Language materials.

The University of Akron has a reciprocal agreement with the Akron Art Museum, and the materials in its library are included in the University library catalog.

The library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) which is available for faculty and student research. The library is a member of OhioLINK - a statewide library and information network linking universities, colleges, technical and community colleges and the State Library of Ohio. The central catalog maintains location and availability information for the more than 30 million items held in OhioLINK participating libraries.


Decorative arts are collected by the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and the School of Theatre Arts and are not included in the School of Art collection except as they relate to studio arts. Foreign Language materials and textbooks are generally excluded.

Revised 1/2007