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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries


Find Books, Videos, CDs


To find the specific locations of books and videos in JFK, please consult the appropriate Floor Maps.

Having problems requesting items via Summit? Please contact the JFK Circulation Department at 509.359.7888, or, or in person on the Main Level.

Additional information on how to find Books, Videos, and CDs:

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Use the EWU Library Catalog to search and request items using the Summit system (a group of academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest).

Use the WorldCat database to search and request items using the Interlibrary Loan system (materials from libraries around the world).  Questions about Interlibrary Loan?  See the Interlibrary Loan information pages.

Browsing the Art Books in the Library

If you are the type who likes to browse, here is the outline for the general Library of Congress call numbers for art and photography.

All the Ns are on the JFK Upper Level, unless it is an Oversize book. Oversize are located on the Lower Level.

  • N = Visual arts (general)
  • N5300-7418 = Art history
  • N8350-8356 = Art as a profession
  • NA = Architecture
  • NB = Sculpture
  • NC = Drawing, design, illustration
  • ND = Painting
  • NE = Print media
  • NK = Decorative arts
  • NX = Arts in general
  • TR = Photography (it was put in "technology") -- on the JFK Lower Level
  • TT = Craft (it was put in "technology") -- on the JFK Lower Level

To find the specific ranges, please consult the JFK Library Floor Maps.

For more information about LC call numbers, see the Library of Congress Classification website.

Common Subject Headings to Locate Books

Subject searching uses controlled vocabulary terms. Here are some controlled vocabulary terms used in the library catalog. Click on a term to execute the search in the library catalog. If you are searching for a particular artist, type in the artist's name "in quotes".  If you don't know the subject heading, try an Any field search.

Color in art (e.g. Blue in art)
Indian art (used for American Indian art; use Art, Indic for works about the art of India)