Franklin & Marshall College Library began collecting artists' books--Books As Art as opposed to books about art or on artists--in a deliberate way in 2006. In nearly every sense the books comprise a teaching collection, the exception being the inclusion of books that relate to institutional identity.
"Successful" artists' books have good marriages of form and (often-conceptual) content. The library's collection represents many such unions. And every work relates to the interdisciplinary nature of liberal arts education in some way.
Associated areas of collecting include artists' book scholarship and technique books. Both types enable students to incorporate the genre into their own academic and studio practices.
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For more information
Artists' Books are housed in the Archives & Special Collections Department at Martin Library of the Sciences. We're available by appointment, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. You can browse our artists' books and zines holdings by searching the library catalog for subject terms Artists' books rbgenr & Zines rbgenr.
Please write or call for more information; to see items in the collection; schedule a guest lecture, class session, or demonstration; do research; or learn how to make a book!