The Art Division has published works on fine art, decorative arts, and architecture and design history in general. The scope of the Collection is large, covering the arts from prehistory through the contemporary period resulting in a collection remarkably rich for scholarship. Fine arts resources include works on painting, drawing, photography and large-scale sculpture. The Collection is also particularly strong in the decorative arts. This includes ceramics, textiles, glassware, carving, furniture, furnishings and interior design.
A wide variety of printed art material is collected: monographs, exhibition catalogs, auction catalogs, periodicals, monograph series, series and annuals.
Materials on artistic techniques, crafts, hobbies, and how-to projects are also collected. The Arts Division houses an extensive collection of materials on costume, fashion and body art.
Special collections include a large selection of books on clip art, framed prints, graphic novels and periodicals. Clip art books (many with accompanying CD-ROMs) are interfiled according to Dewey numbers; however, most have call number 741.6.
Online subscription databases available to staff on the reference desk include:
- Art Index – Not a full-text database. MCLS does subscribe to some of the journals indexed
- ArtFact – For artist information and auction prices.