A guide to finding information about artists' books online, and about the ECA Library collection of artists' books, photobooks and zines.
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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 https://artistsbooksinscotland.wordpress.com/what-are-artists-books/
For many blog posts about our collection see ECA Library blog: https://sites.eca.ed.ac.uk/ecalibrary/
Glasgow School of Art Library Artists’ Books collection Pinterest site: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/gsalibrary/gsa-library-artists-books-collection/
Scottish Visual Arts Group blog directory of artists’ books collections in Scotland: https://artistsbooksinscotland.wordpress.com/
University of the West of England (UWE) bookarts site (includes The Blue Notebook, a journal all about artists’ books): http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/ See also their Newsletter at http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/newsletters/
UWE also has a student research resources site: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/student-resources/
Helen Douglas and Weproductions: http://weproductions.com/
Ian Hamilton Finlay and Wild Hawthorn Press: http://www.ianhamiltonfinlay.com/wild_hawthorn_press.html
Artists' books by Helen Douglas, Hans Waanders and Alec Finlay on display at ECA Library. Photo by Jane Furness.
Key texts held at ECA Library:
To find online full-text journal articles on artists' books you could also search the art related databases here.
We have various databases dedicated to searching for theses and dissertations.