Artists' Books Collection

Inspired by the form or function of the book, these works of art are meant to be touched. They allow you to interact with them at your own pace, providing a visual and tactile experience. Our collection ranges from the 1960s through to contemporary works, and offers a variety of titles that can be illustrative, photographic, textual, sculptural, or a mix of elements that will challenge your views about what the definition of the book means.

Artists' books in our collection

Viewing the Collection

Interested in seeing our artists' books? Although searchable in the Library catalogue, the collection can be viewed by appointment only. Email your request to: 

  • Eva Revitt - revitte@macewan.ca (class visits)
  • Kathy Blasko - blaskok@macewan.ca (individuals)
  • Please include areas of interest such as titles, themes, or formats you would like to see.

Searching the Collection

To find titles in our collection, try using the Library catalogue by typing the phrase: “artists books” and selecting SUBJECT from the dropdown options. Click Search. When you get your results list, look at the Limit To menu on the left side, and click on John L. Haar Library. You’ll get a list of artists’ books and some other fun stuff, such as pop-up books, zines, and books about artists’ books.

The location information will tell you where you can find each title. Stop by the Reference Desk if you need help, or chat with us using the "Need Help?" box that pops up on the lower right corner of the website. Locations and loans differ by collection. See the examples below:

  • Artists’ Books: in the University Archives (can’t leave the Reading Room)
  • On Shelf: in the Library (you can borrow it)
  • Pop-Up Books: in the Library (can't leave the Library)
  • Zines: in the Library (you can borrow it)

Catalogue search example