Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Book Arts: Home

Quick Links

Collins Memorial Library has a variety of resources to help support research in the book arts. Members of the general public are welcome to visit the library to use our resources. If you are interested in learning more about borrowing options, please consult our community users page.

A good starting point for information is this freely accessible web guide:

Philip Zimmermann and Karen Zimmermann. “Book and Artists’ Books Bibliography: A List of Recommended Readings and Resources.” College Book Arts Association, Resource Lists. 10 Aug. 2010.

Additional resources are:

The Oxford Companion to the Book [electronic resource]
This is a very useful guide to all aspects of book history and design and is available to visitors from a library computer. 
The Century of Artists' Books by Johanna Drucker (N7433.3 .D78 2004)
Structure of the Visual Book by Keith A. Smith (Z116.A3 S58 1994)

Browse PRIMO to Find Out More about Puget Sound’s Collection

You may wish to browse the Z collection on the 4th floor of the Library to find a variety of books about the book arts, printing, design, and history.  In addition, you can use Primo to search using a variety of key terms to discover more books.  For those items not owned by the Collins Library, Puget Sound students and faculty may request direct borrowing through the Orbis/Cascade Alliance.  Members of the general public are encouraged to contact their local public library and inquire about ILL services.

Browse the catalog by keyword and subject searching.  Remember to limit your search to just University of Puget Sound Library if you are looking for books only located in the Collins Memorial Library.Browse PRIMO by keyword or artist name.  Remember to limit your search to Colllins Library to find books that are currently available.  Artists’ Books are part of the Special Collections.  If you locate artists’ books you would like to view, please consult with Jane Carlin, Library Director or  Below is a list of terms and phrases that you can use to find resources about book design and construction.

Use these terms and phrases to identify useful materials.  In addition, you can enter the name of an individual book artist.  If you are using the WorldCat Catalog, the holdings of many regional libraries also are searched. Please keep in mind that many of our peer institutions such as University of Washington and Reed College have wonderful book arts collections as well.

Altered book


Book jackets

Decorated books

Fine press/fine books




Narrative art



Sculptural book


Artists’ books

Book design

Books and reading


Graphic design


Mail art

Miniature books

Paper engineeringpaper works



Toy and moveable books


Subject Guide