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MONT 199C-F11: Display, Theft & Repatriation (Trafton)

Fall 2023

Finding Books - The Visual Arts Wing

Art Resources in the Library

You can find books, journals, and magazines related to the visual arts in the Visual Arts Wing of Dinand Library. This wing is located on the main floor of Dinand. If you are facing the circulation desk, the Visual Arts Wing is to your left by the Hogan entrance to the building. If you have trouble finding it, ask for help at the desk!

At Holy Cross, print books are organized using a system called the Library of Congress Classification or LCC. In this system, books are assigned a call number based on their subject. Books are arranged on the shelves by their call number, which acts like an address for the book. Materials related to Fine Arts are assigned call numbers that start with the letter N. Most call numbers then have a second letter to give a more specific subject:

N -- Visual arts ND  --  Painting
NA -- Architecture NE  --  Print Media
NB -- Sculpture NK  --  Decorative Arts
NC  --  Drawing.  Design.  Illustration NX  --  Arts in General                         

Photography: The Library of Congress Classification system puts photography under the subject technology, not fine arts. Therefore, books about photography have a different call number than other fine arts. The call number for photography is TR. You can find TR books in the Visual Arts Wing.

Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog to find print books, print journals, and ebooks in the library's collection. Access the Library Catalog search through the library home page ( or at the link below. The Library Catalog will also show items available in the Worcester Art Museum Library.


CrossSearch is a one-stop search tool that lets you search most of the informational resources available through the library, including:

  • Books, ebooks, archival materials, media and music scores owned by the Holy Cross Libraries.
  • Research databases like Academic Search Premier, JSTOR, ARTstor and ProQuest Central.
  • E-journal collections like JSTOR and ScienceDirect.
  • The Holy Cross digital repository CrossWorks.
  • Open Access collections such as HaithiTrust Digital Library

As you can see, CrossSearch looks in many different places and for many different types of sources. In one search, you might see results for academic journal articles, books in the library’s collection, films, newspaper articles, and more. This can be a good place to start if you want to see a broad scope of the resources available on your topic. However, because CrossSearch includes so many types of resources, you might find you need to filter these results more than you would in a more specific database.

CrossSearch is best accessed through the library home page (

Screenshot of the CrossSearch search box

Research Your Object

Suggested Resources

Below are some suggested online resources and databases related to the visual arts.

Art Ebooks

Ebooks and Ebook Collections

This list includes ebooks related to the visual arts. Some are available for free online. If you find an ebook you are interested in and it requires paid access, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request for Holy Cross to borrow the book on your behalf.