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Archives and Special Collections Department: Artist Books


The LIU Collection of Artists' Books resides at the Brooklyn Campus library.  Part of the Special Collections, this remarkable repository contains more than 400 artists’ books by local, regional and national contemporary artists working in the book form. These works explore the form of the book for aesthetic reasons, rather than literary purposes, often introducing innovative features that question and investigate the meaning of the book as it has come to be known.  The collection is used to support such courses as “Contemporary Artists’ Books” in the curriculum of the master degree in Library and Information Science offered by the Palmer School at LIU.  It includes various press traditions from open edition to limited editions and unique, one-of-a-kind books.  Of particular note are the many works by artists from the Booklyn Artists’ Alliance, a collective of artists with an educational mission based in Brooklyn, New York.

Using the Collection
Artists’ books may be found by searching the library’s online catalog, LIUCAT, by using the term “artists’ books collection.”

For more information, please check out the Artists' Books Collection LibGuide.


The artists' books may be viewed and studied by appointment with the curator of artists' books, Special Collections Librarian Dr. Constance Woo,