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Student Guide to the Art Library: Book Request

Use this guide to learn about the Art Library and discover resources related to art history, studio art, and design.

Recommend a Book

Do you have a book recommendation for the Art Library? Fill out the Order Recommendation Form and let us know!

Request a Book

Need help getting books? The Art Library is making it even easier for you to get the items you need with our book request service! 

From the Library Catalog, login with your ULink ID and password to access your library account. You can see what you have checked out and renew your books.



Once you find a book, click on the title to access the full page and select the green Request Item button to place a hold. The Art Library will pull the book and put it on hold for you at the service desk. You will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup. 


Library Service to MFA Building




To bring the library to faculty and students at the Portland MFA Studio (1616 Rowan St.), we do  monthly visits on the first Thursday of each month between 4-5 pm to pick up library book returns and drop off requested items. 

To return items (any UofL library), place them in the library book return box in the Outreach Studio (room #105). To request items, email with your requests (in-stock Art Library materials only) by noon on the scheduled date. Requested books will be checked out to your account and placed on the bookshelf for pickup in the Outreach Studio (room #105). It is your responsibility to pick up these materials. Any unclaimed items will be returned to the Art Library the following month.

Interlibrary Loan

No library has everything! Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to request items that aren't owned by the UofL Libraries from another library around the world.

To replace a request, login with your ULink and password. Click on New Requests, select the appropriate item type (book, article, thesis, etc.), and complete the form with as much information as possible. You will be notified when the item has arrived; electronic items will be sent to your email and physical items will be available for pickup at Ekstrom Library. Submit your request as early as possible. We are unable to provide an estimate since the timeline depends on the lending library and delivery.


You can also replace a request within the library catalog by clicking Request Item through Interlibrary Loan. This will only pop up if the item is not held by the UofL Libraries. 



Image Credits: Screenshots from the UofL Libraries Catalog; photograph owned by the University of Louisville.