Art General Library Guide: Finding Books in Library Catalog

Finding Books

What is Library Catalog?


Library Catalog is the library catalog for ALL of the 8 Vanderbilt Libraries.  You can use it to find:

  • Books
  • DVDs & Videos
  • Periodical Titles (not individual articles)
  • Reserve materials
  • and more...

What's This Number?

Need help making sense of the Call # you found in Library Catalog?  or where to find the book in the library? 



Browsing for Books

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  

Art Books-Regular and Oversize books are located on the
8th floor of the Central Library.

Visual Arts (General) N
Architecture NA
Sculpture NB
Drawing NC
Painting ND
Prints/Engravings NE 
Decorative Arts NK
Arts in general NX
Landscape Arch SB
Photography TR (3rd floor)



Library Floor Plans

Finding Books in the Library Catalog



Keyword vs. Subject Searching
Step 1:
  Start your search process with a list of keywords that describe the main concepts of your topic or question.
Step 2:
  Use these keywords for your initial searches.
Step 3:  Use the Subject Heading links in the Library Catalog record to refine your search.