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Art + Design: Online

Use the Media Arts + Design guides to get started with your research. You will find online library resources as well as recommended freely available online resources. This page includes additional sources of freely available content.

Open Access Art + Design

I've gathered online art and design resources and you can browse or keyword search this collection at Art + Design Online. Check out tags including art history, design, graphic design, and design research.


Some museums put their exhibition catalogs and other publications online for free use. Some of this content is in Summon, our library search tool, but not all. I recommend browsing these collections for research material.


Here are the open access ebook sources I goes to first. They cover all disciplines and are particularly good for arts and humanities research. Some of this content is in Summon, our library search tool, but not all.

Besides searching the sources below, the New York Public Library is beta-testing Digital Research Books, a tool that searches multiple collections of ebooks simultaneously. Give it a try!


Here are additional sources for open access ebooks useful for art and design research.

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