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Shelf surfing is a good way to find books that are not easily found in the catalog. Knowing where to look for books on your subject is key to finding the books on the shelf. Below are call numbers sorted by subject. Books on art, photography, and handicrafts/arts and craft are often listed under the following call number:


  • Visual arts - Call Numbers: N1- N9211
  • Architecture - Call Numbers: NA1-NA9428
  • Sculpture - Call Numbers: NB1-NB1952
  • Drawing/Design/Illustration -Call Numbers: NC1-NC1940
  • Painting - Call Numbers: ND25-ND3416
  • Print media - Call Numbers: NE1-NE3002
  • Decorative arts - Call Numbers: NK1-NK9990
  • Arts in general - Call Numbers: NX1-NX820


  • Photography - Call Numbers: TR1-TR1050

Handicrafts/Arts and crafts  

  • Handicrafts/Arts and crafts - Call Numbers: TT1-TR999



You can also search the library catalog by using subject headings. Subject headings can be a word, group of words, or phrase used to describe what the book is about. The following is a partial list of subject headings related to Art that can be used when searching for books and other items in the FAU Libraries Catalog.

  • Art -- Dictionaries
  • Art -- History
  • Art, Modern -- 20th century
  • Author Name (eg. Baudelaire, Charles 1821-1867) -- Criticism and interpretation
  • Painters

OneSearch - Easy to Use!



Or search in the Catalog, Databases or e-Journal list.

Do you like to use Google?  OneSearch is like Google, but better!

  • Searches Library Catalog
  • Searches for Journal Articles
  • Easily Refine your Search

Once you have created a basic search using OneSearch,
refine it by these or other filters:

  • Type of Content
  • Subject Terms
  • Publication Date
  • Location
  • Language

Here's how:

  • Choose "More Options" below each of these areas to be able to "include" or "exclude" items in each area.
  • Put phrases inside quotation marks to search for words in a specific order, i.e., "civil war" or "multicultural education."

How do I find a book in the library?

Need help with finding books?  This brief video demonstrates how to use the library catalog.

Interlibrary Loan

During your research process, if you find that our library does not have the particular book or article that you are looking for, you are able to request it through Interlibrary Loan.

It may take 7-10 days for your loan to get to you, so plan ahead.

Last updated on Feb 28, 2024 12:39 PM