Arts Administration, Education, and Policy

Publicly Available Digitized Material

If you are having trouble finding an older book or publication electronically, check both Hathi Trust and Internet Archive. Each of these databases has digitized books and other types of publications that have been made available from member institutions. There is a wealth of information in each that may help you in your research.

Some Books From The Collection

Search Catalogs


What is this searching? The OSU Library Catalog searches for print, electronic and other formats in the OSU Libraries collections. More Search Options >>


What is this searching? The OhioLINK catalog allows searching and requesting of scholarly materials located in the 90+ college and university member libraries around Ohio, plus the State Library of Ohio. More Search Options >>


What is this searching? WorldCat@OSU searches across 7 key databases for books, articles, and more. More Search Options >>

What is this searching? The SearchOhio Catalog allows searching and requesting of popular books, DVDs, CDs and other materials from 20+ public library systems throughout the state of Ohio. More Search Options >>

Ebooks through University Libraries

To find ebooks in the library's catalog, you can use the Advanced Search function to search by material type. Here are the steps: 

  • Visit
  • Click on "Books and More." 
  • Click on "More Options" under the search bar.
  • Click on "Use Advanced Search" under the search bar.
  • Use the search fields to input keywords for your search and select "E-book" under "Material Type" (box to the right, under the search bars)

You can also do a normal search, and if there is a book you want that is only available physically, please contact the Art & Design Librarian to discuss your options. There maybe an ebook edition that is not appearing in your search results or one can be purchased.

Below are some links for individual ebook platforms available to you with your OSU log-in credentials.

Library of Congress Classification for Art

The Library of Congress call number system designates that the letter 'N' represent the subject 'art', hence most of the books at the Fine Arts Library have call numbers beginning with N. But we have many other subjects in our stacks, such as AMs for museum studies, Cs for archeology, Gs for fashion, Ps for literature/film, TRs for photography, Zs for book studies, and more!

AM: Museum Studies

N: Visual Arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC: Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND: Painting

NE Printmaking

NK: Decorative arts

NX: Arts in general, Mixed Media, Performance Art

PN: Art and Literature/Film

TR: Photography

Z: Books (General), Writing, Paleography, Book Industries and Trade, Libraries, Bibliography (This section also contains typography and history of the book).

Requesting Books

Searching for Books on Arts Admin, Education, & Policy

Searching for books on Arts Administration, Education, or Policy can be tricky, because when you perform a search with the word "art" in it, many things unrelated to your specific research question or interest may come up. Here are some search strategies for finding books in these subject areas using keywords:

  • arts AND management
  • arts AND non-profit
  • arts AND education
  • arts AND teaching
  • arts AND policy

If you're doing a SUBJECT search, you'll be searching subject headings assigned by the Library of Congress. Some related to Arts Admin, Education, & Policy include: 

  • Arts -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Arts -- Management
  • Arts -- Economic aspects

A quick way to do a subject search is to find a good book through a keyword search and then look at its record--there are subject headings linked there. If you click on one, it will quickly take you to a list showing how many items we own with the same subject heading.

FInding an Annual Report

You can locate annual reports for arts organizations by performing a search in the library's catalog by author. Simply use the name of the organization you're looking for as the author. If there are many titles, you can then limit your search to those items containing the words "annual" or "report" in the title. For assistance, please contact the Art & Design Librarian.

Screenshot showing an author search in the book catalog