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ART 201: Introduction to Art History: Find Books

Requesting materials during COVID-19

As staffing permits, we will continue to offer limited Interlibrary Loan services so you can continue to access materials from libraries across the country.  Staff will continue to process requests for articles and book chapters.  If the GAC building remains open to students and faculty, staff will process requests for physical books for those who remain on campus and can pick up the items. We will not be able to process book requests for patrons who are not on campus to pick up their items.
Please note:  due to the uncertainty of the situation, many libraries across the country may be closed or short-staffed.  This will negatively affect our ability to fulfill article, book chapter, and book requests on your behalf.  Requests may take extra time to be filled, or they may not be filled at all.  We urge everyone to look for open access and open educational resources available online.
Thank you for patience and understanding.  If you have questions or need further assistance, please contact Natasha Finnegan at or Amy Jones at

Why use books for research?

Why use books for my research?                                      

  • Detailed analysis of a topic                    
  • Background information                    
  • Overview of big issue                    
  • Use their bibliographies to find other sources

Books are your friend! In art history in particular, a lot of research and scholarship is still published in book-form, so don't neglect this very useful resource!

Search for books

Found it in the catalog? Use the call number locator to find it in the building

Call Number Locator: The call number of a library item is like a home address. Copy and paste any call number you find in the library catalog to see where it lives in the library.

Ways to Get Resources

There are three ways to get library books here at SU.

  1. SU Libraries
  2. Direct Borrowing from our consortium,The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI)- including College Park and Towson. Materials requested from USMAI institutions typically come in 3-5 days, sometimes sooner.
  3. Interlibrary loan (ILL) from libraries outside USMAI. Materials requested through ILL typically come in 1-2 weeks, depending on where the lending library is located.

To check the status of items or renew them online: ILLUSMAI. All accounts use the same login information (what is used for Gullnet, email, and campus computers).