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.

Interlibrary Loan Borrowing through ILLiad

Request books and other materials not available at OSU or OhioLINK through our ILLiad request system.

A Few Books on Design

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Other Catalogs

Credo Reference Database

Requesting Books

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 >>

Call Numbers for Design

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. For design though, you may also be interested in the following call number areas: 

H - Social Sciences

HD - Land Use

HE -Transportation

HT - Communities


N - Visual Arts

NA - Architecture

NB - Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND - Painting

NE - Print Media

NK - Decorative Arts

NX - Arts in General


T - Technology

TA - Engineering, Civil Engineering

TH -Building Construction

TR - Photography

TS - Manufactures, Packaging, Industries

TT -Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts

Z -Books, Typography, Libraries