General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy.  

Purpose of the Collection

The Art and Architecture collection supports research and instruction for the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Art, College of Creative Studies, and the Media Arts and Technology program.  This diverse group of Departments, Colleges, and programs offer undergraduate majors, Master’s and PhD’s.  In addition to these programs, the Art and Architecture collection supports various other departments across the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts.  In support of the faculty and students in these programs and departments, the library focuses on areas of faculty interests and specializations and curricular needs listed below.



Subject areas follow the curriculum and research interests of the faculty with materials on all issues and topics within the study of art and architecture.  Major areas of collection activities at the research level include architectural history from ancient to present; global perspectives and exchanges in European and non-Western traditions; artists’ books and critical texts on the production of art.

Geographical Coverage

All areas are covered.


All languages are collected with an emphasis on English language publications.

Chronological limits/Period Coverage

From ancient to the present.

Publication dates

Emphasis is on current publications with older imprints selectively acquired.

Types of materials

Print is the preferred and primary format. Due to space constraints, we do not duplicate content. Electronic resources are acquired when deemed acceptable for research use, also in collaboration with shared UC purchases.

Systemwide Resources

UCSB collections serving art and architecture benefit from the library’s participation in serials and research databases that are licensed by UC’s California Digital Library and funded by the UC campuses. Interlibrary loan is used heavily, especially for older materials.

Related Collection Development Policies

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of art and architecture at UCSB, the program is served by the library’s collecting across multiple subject areas including English, Film and Media Studies, History, East Asian Studies, etc.

Subject librarian: Chizu Morihara
Policy Last Updated: March 2015