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Library of Congress Overview

The Library of Congress (LoC) classifies books into call numbers based upon subject. Use the following as a guide to browsing the Bridwell Folio and Stacks areas for books.

N -- Fine Arts

  • N -- Visual arts
  • NA -- Architecture
  • NB -- Sculpture
  • NC -- Drawing, Design, Illustration
  • ND -- Painting
  • NE -- Print media
  • NK -- Decorative Arts
  • NX -- Arts in general

T -- Technology

  • TR -- Photography
  • T 223 - 325 -- Logos, Trademarks
  • TS 195 - 198.9 -- Packaging
  • TT 515 - 850 -- Needlework, knitting, quilting, weaving, fiber arts
  • TT 919 - 924 -- Pottery

Z -- Book Arts

  • Z116 - 659 -- Book and publication design; bookbinding; calligraphy; typography

Library of Congress Classifications for Art

Call Number        Topic

        N                         Visual arts in general   See also NX: The Arts (general)
  • N 1-8                     Periodicals. Serials
  • N 31-34                 Encyclopedias, dictionaries, terminology
  • N 61-72                 Theory of visual arts
  • N 81-390               Study and teaching. Research
  • N 400-3990           Art museums, galleries, etc.
  • N 4390-5098         Exhibitions
  • N 5200-5299         Private collections and collectors
  • N 5300-7418         History of visual arts (general)
  • N 5310-5310.5      Prehistoric art
  • N 5311-5313         Primitive art. Folk art
  • N 5315-5899         Ancient art. Artistic archaeology
  • N 5963-6311         Medieval art
  • N 6370-6375         Renaissance art. 16th century
  • N 6410-6415         17th century
  • N 6420-6425         18th century
  • N 6447                  19th & 20th centuries (combined)
  • N 6450-6465         19th century
  • N 6485-6494         20th century
  • N 6494                  Aspects or movements, A-Z, eg. Abstraction
  • N 6501-7413         Art by country or region (general)
  • N 6505-6538         United States
  • N 6761-6797         Great Britain
  • N 6841-6853         France
  • N 6843                  Medieval. Gothic. Romanesque
  • N 6844                  Modern French art (general)
  • N 6845                  14th-16th centuries
  • N 6846-6846.5      17th-18th centuries
  • N 6847-6847.5      19th century
  • N 6848-6848.5      20th century
  • N 6849                  Special divisions, A-Z
  • N 6850                  Paris
  • N 6853                  French artists, A-Z   Note: This pattern of subdivisions for France is repeated similarly for other countries (also under the various  art media divisions NA-NK)
  • N 6861-6888         Germany
  • N 6911-6923         Italy
  • N 6935-6973         Netherlands (Holland). Flanders. Belgium
  • N 6953                  Dutch artists, A-Z
  • N 6981-6999         Russia / USSR
  • N 7001-7093         Scandinavia
  • N 7101-7113         Spain
  • N 7300-7310.8      India. South Asia
  • N 7340-7349         China
  • N 7350-7359         Japan
  • N 7380-7399         Africa
  • N 7400-7405         Australia
  • N 7406-7408         New Zealand
  • N 7410-7413         Pacific Islands
  • N 7420-7525.8      General works on art, incl. technique & composition 
  • N 7475-7483         Art criticism
  • N 7560-8266         Special subjects of art
  • N 7570-7624         Human figure. Portraits
  • N 7710-7760         Allegories. Symbolism. Mythology
  • N 7810-8189         Christian art
  • N 8190-8199         Art of other religions
  • N 8350-8356         Art as a profession. Artists
  • N 8354                  Women as artists
  • N 8600-8675         Economics of art, including art dealers
  • N 8700-9165         Art and the state. Public art
  • N 8790                  Forgeries
  NA      Architecture
  • NA 1-6                  Periodicals
  • NA 31                   Encyclopedias, dictionaries, terminology
  • NA 190-1555.5     History of architecture
  • NA 210-340          Ancient
  • NA 350-489          Medieval, incl. Byzantine, Islamic, Romanesque, Gothic
  • NA 500-682          Modern
  • NA 590                 Baroque. Rococo
  • NA 600                 Neoclassicism
  • NA 610                 Gothic Revival
  • NA 645-670          19th century
  • NA 680-682          20th century
  • NA 700-1613        By country or region
  • NA 705-737          United States
  • NA 961-997          Great Britain
  • NA 1550-1559      Japan
  • NA 1606-1608      New Zealand
  • NA 1995-1997      Architecture as a profession
  • NA 2000-2320      Study and teaching. Research
  • NA 2500-2599      General works. Theory, aesthetics, etc.
  • NA 2695-2793      Architectural drawing and design
  • NA 2840-4050      Details and decoration
  • NA 4100-8480      Special classes of buildings, incl. public, domestic, etc.
  • NA 9000-9428      Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
  • NA 9320-9425      Ornamental structures (monuments, etc.)
NB      Sculpture
  • NB 60-1115          History of sculpture
  • NB 185-198         Modern NB 198 20th century
  • NB 201-1114        By country or region
  • NB 1080-1099     Africa
  • NB 1135-1150      General works on sculpture
  • NB 1170-1195      Technique
NC      Drawing. Graphic design. Illustration
  • NC 50-266            History of drawing
  • NC 80-95              Modern
  • NC 95                   20th century
  • NC 101-376          By country or region
  • NC 703-725          General works. Theory of design
  • NC 730-758          Drawing technique
  • NC 760-825          Special subjects (anatomy, etc.)
  • NC 960-996          Illustration
  • NC 997-1003        Commercial art. Advertising art
  • NC 1300-1766      Pictorial humour, caricature, etc.
  • NC 1800-1896      Posters, postcards, etc.
ND      Painting
  • ND 34-38              Biography (collective)
  • ND 40-47              Painting catalogues and indexes
  • ND 49-813            History of painting
  • ND 160-196          Modern
  • ND 170                 Renaissance
  • ND 180-188          17th-18th centuries
  • ND 190-192          19th century
  • ND 192 .I4            Impressionism
  • ND 195-196          20th century
  • ND 196 .A2           Abstract painting
  • ND 201-1114         By country or region
  • ND 541-553          France
  • ND 1130-1156       General works on painting
  • ND 1288-1460      Special subjects, incl. figure, portraits, landscape, etc.
  • ND 1470-1625      Painting technique and materials, incl. colour, manuals
  • ND 1700-2495      Watercolour painting
  • ND 2550-2733      Mural painting
  • ND 2560-2590      History of mural painting
  • ND 2601-2876      Mural painting by country
  • ND 2755-2757      Italy
  • ND 2889-3416      Illuminating of manuscripts and books
  • ND 2900-3294      History
  • ND 3001-3294      By country
  • ND 3345-3399      Special illuminated works, incl. Bibles; Books of hours
NE      Print media
  • NE 400-773          History of printmaking
  • NE 430-492          Modern printmaking
  • NE 501-794          By country or region
  • NE 771-773          Japan (see also: NE 1310-1326.5)
  • NE 850-898          General works on printmaking
  • NE 1030-1352      Wood engraving
  • NE 1310-1326.5   Japanese wood engraving
  • NE 1330-2505      Other techniques, incl. linocuts, intaglio, etching, etc.
NK      Decorative arts
  • NK 28-30             Encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • NK 600-1094       History
  • NK 775-789         19th-20th centuries
  • NK 801-1094       By country or region (incl. folk art)
  • NK 928-942         Great Britain
  • NK 1100-1133      General works, incl. industrial design
  • NK 1135-1149.5   Arts and Crafts Movement
  • NK 1160-1590      Design. Decoration and ornament
  • NK 1401-1496      Design by country or region
  • NK 1505-1525      Design theory. General works on design
  • NK 1700-2195      Interior decoration. House decoration
  • NK 2200-3640      Furniture, rugs, tapestries, wallpapers, alphabets, etc.
  • NK 3700-4695      Ceramics, incl. ancient Greek pottery & vases
  • NK 4700-4890      Costume and its accessories
  • NK 5100-5440      Glass, incl. stained glass & glass painting
  • NK 5500-6050      Glyptic arts (carving or engraving of gems, etc.)
  • NK 6400-8459      Metalwork, incl. jewelry, bronzes, etc.
  • NK 8800-9505.5   Textile arts
  • NK 9600-9955      Woodwork incl. wood carving
NX      The arts (general)     Works classified as NX, rather than as N (visual arts in general), concern the visual arts plus other arts forms, such as music, literature and/or film.
  • NX 163-164          The arts as a profession. Artists 
  • NX 165                 Psychology of the arts and the artist
  • NX 170-175          Interrelationships among the arts
  • NX 180                 The arts in relation to other subjects, A-Z
  • NX 180 .F4           Feminism
  • NX 180 .M3          Mass media
  • NX 180 .S6           Society. Culture
  • NX 180 .T4           Technology
  • NX 420-430          Exhibitions. Festivals of the arts
  • NX 440-458          History of the arts
  • NX 456-458          20th century
  • NX 456.5 .P66      Postmodernism
  • NX 501-596          The arts by country or region
  • NX 593                 New Zealand
  • NX 600                 Arts movements, A-Z
  • NX 600 .S9           Surrealism
  • NX 650                 Subjects or topics in the arts, A-Z
  • NX 652                 Characters, classes of persons, etc., in the arts
  • NX 700-750          Patronage of the arts

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