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Studio Art: Books (print and ebooks)

Here you will find library and internet resources for research on topics and issues in Studio Art

Introduction to Library Materials

Many useful resources are available in the College of the Redwoods Library, including books, reference books, Ebooks, and videos. Additional resources may be available at the Del Norte or Humboldt County Libraries and Humboldt State University Library. Visit those libraries' websites to search their catalogs. Use OneSearch to find books and other resources about your topic in the CR library and selected, college-level resources on the web.

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Note: Even though we are closed for most in-person use during Fall 2020, print books can still be checked out by calling the library at 707-476-4260 to request the book(s) you want.  Requested items can either be picked up in person by arrangement or they can be mailed to your house. 

General Collection Books

General Collection books can be checked out from the library by arrangement during Fall 2020.  Call 707-476-4260 to pick up a specific book.

Check for Reserve books in catalog.

Available Reserve (textbooks) books can be checked out from the library by arrangement during Fall 2020.  Call 707-476-4260  to pick up a specific book.


Reference Books for in library use only

From Other Libraries

Any Humboldt County resident can get a free public library card.

CR students can borrow HSU books for free. You must first obtain a CR I.D. card, available from Student Services. 

Any Del Norte County resident can get a free public library card.

Call Numbers

CR Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System to organize books by subject. This system provides for books on similar topics to be shelved together in one area. The first two letters indicate the primary subject. HSU Library uses the same system. The Dewey Decimal system is used by Humboldt County Library.  Find the section that matches your topic and you will see most of the books about that topic.

Use the suggested call number ranges to browse for titles of interest, or consult the list of recommended books below.

Suggested call number ranges for browsing:

N Art and Artists

N Visual arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing, Design and Illustration

ND Painting

NE Print media

NK Decorative arts

NX Arts in general

NK Design, pottery, jewelry

TP Ceramics

TR Photography

TT Crafts/Wood

Additional Search Words & Research Topics

To create a successful searches for research topics you may want to use these terms:

Art Appreciation

Art Critics

Art Deco

Art History

Arts, Modern

Arts, Fine

Arts, Twentieth Century


Artists’ Studios



Basket Weaving


Commercial Art


Decorative Arts








Graphic Designer





Native American Indian Art






Studio art

Wood art