Art and Art History

Resources for Art and Art History

Click on the tabs below to explore our resources:

Printed materials

Printed materials

The main collection of printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for Art and Art History can be found in the Hugh Owen Library on level F (top floor):

E Culture
N Visual Arts general
NA Architecture 
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design & Illustration 
ND Painting 
NE Print Media 
NK Decorative Arts 
NX General Art by movement/period 
Z Printed bibliographies
Printed journals
There is also a photography section at TR on level E (Middle floor).

Get More Books

Get More Books


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Everything put on a Reading List by your tutors is added to library stock.  If there is anything else you would like to add you can order it for the library using the More Books campaign.    

The Document Supply Service can be used by students and staff to source books, journal articles and other materials like dissertations and non-UK PhD theses.  For information on the full range of materials available, see the Document Supply Service pages.

Sometimes you may want to purchase books for yourself.  The University bookshop, situated in the Arts Centre can source books for all subjects and offers a student discount. 


Aspire Reading Lists is now the sole method by which teaching staff can order books and other materials for taught modules. For help in creating a reading list see the self-paced training materials or Aspire FAQs.  If you require one-to-one help, contact your subject librarian.  We're happy to visit you in your department to help you get started.

To ask the library to purchase material other than than reading list texts, use the purchase request form in Primo, or e-mail  Each department holds a small fund for these purchases so you may need to check with your IS representative before making these purchases. 

Information Skills

Information Skills

See our Information Skills pages for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorials for Art and Design and Photography.



The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past papers. You can find details of all our collections here.

The following may be of particular interest to Art and Art History students:

Services for academic staff

Services for academic staff

Your subject librarian can provide skills training for students and staff, resource evaluation and more. For full details see this page

Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

Electronic resources for Art and Art History can be found through Primo where you can discover individual resources or cross-search a number of them at once. Primo includes key resources such as citation databases, e-journals and e-books, selected websites, subject gateways, data and media resources, news, reference materials and library catalogues.

Research tools

ArticleFirst (OCLC)


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)



OAIster (OCLC)

ProQuest Ebook Central


WorldCat (OCLC)


Online art, visual culture and reference resources

Art UK


British Cartoon Archive

BFI Screenonline (BFI)

BHA – Bibliography of the History of Art (Getty)

Bibliography of British and Irish History (Brepolis)

Box of Broadcasts

Getty Research Portal

JISC Content

JISC Historical Texts

JISC Manuscripts Online : written culture 1000 to 1500

JISC MediaHub

John Johnson Collection (Open access)

Media and the Memory in Wales

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Oxford English Dictionary

PYMCA : Photographic Youth Music & Culture Archive

Visual Arts Data Service

Wikimedia Commons

Welsh Biography Online

National collections and resources
National Museum Wales Art Collections
Peoples Collection Wales
Arts Council Wales
Framed Works of Art: National Library of Wales
British Library Collections

National Gallery London: Collection Online

Royal Academy Collection

Tate Collection

Tate online research publications

International collections, resources and museums

CODART: Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide


The European Library

Guggenheim publications 1937-2011

Joconde : catalogue des collections des Musées de France

Louvre Atlas: the database of the exhibited works of art

Louvre La Fayette: Database of American Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Rijksmuseum Collections

Whitney Museum of American Art: Collections online

Historical newspapers, journals and periodicals

Burney Collection: 17th-18th Century Newspapers

19th Century British Library Newspapers

19th Century UK Periodicals

Welsh Journals Online


Welsh Newspapers Online

Times Digital Archive