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Artists' Books

A guide to finding information about artists' books online, and about the ECA Library collection of artists' books, photobooks and zines.

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

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Introduction to Artists' Books

ECA Library has an artists’ books collection of around 1500 artists’ books, but during the COVID19 pandemic while library services are disrupted, these may not be available for consultation in person. All of our artists’ books are listed on the online catalogue, DiscoverEd

In the meantime here are some online resources that can help with your investigation of artists’ books as a medium:

For a great definition of the artist’s book, by GSA Librarian Duncan Chappell, see

For many blog posts about our collection see ECA Library blog:  

Glasgow School of Art Library Artists’ Books collection Pinterest site:

Scottish Visual Arts Group blog directory of artists’ books collections in Scotland:

University of the West of England (UWE) bookarts site (includes The Blue Notebook, a journal all about artists’ books):  See also their Newsletter at

UWE also has a student research resources site:

V&A Library:


Helen Douglas and Weproductions:

Ian Hamilton Finlay and Wild Hawthorn Press:

Artists' books by Helen Douglas, Hans Waanders and Alec Finlay

Artists' books by Helen Douglas, Hans Waanders and Alec Finlay on display at ECA Library. Photo by Jane Furness.

Key texts, journals and journal databases

Key texts held at ECA Library:

  • 1000 Artists' Books: exploring the book as art, Sandra Salamony with Peter & Donna Thomas, Quarry Press, 2012
  • A century of artists' books, Riva Castleman, Abrams, 1994
  • The century of artists' books, Johanna Drucker, Granary Books, 2004


  • Key journal held at ECA Library, Evolution House:
  • The Blue Notebook

To find online full-text journal articles on artists' books you could also search the art related databases here

Internet resources

A selection of very useful websites for finding out more about artists' books:



Avoiding plagiarism

Looking for images?

Looking for theses and dissertations?

We have various databases dedicated to searching for theses and dissertations.