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Robert Rauschenberg's Revolver

General Collections


We subscribe to approximately 200 serials in print, and our databases provide full-text articles from another 12,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Additionally we have back issues runs of hundreds of other print journals. Our subscriptions and holdings are focused on art, design, and education, but also support undergraduate study in the liberal arts.

  • Search for print journals by title in our library catalog.
  • To determine if we have online access to a journal, check our A-to-Z list.
  • To search for articles in our print and online journals, search for your topic in our databases.


Students, faculty, and staff can borrow from the Godine's circulating collection of more than 90,000 volumes. The collection is focused on art and design, but it's also strong in education, and provides solid resources to support the liberal arts portion of the MassArt curriculum. In the same online catalog where you search for items in the Godine collection, you will also find nearly a million additional items in the other 8 libraries in Fenway Libraries Online (FLO). MassArt ID holders can borrow in person at these libraries (many are within a 10-minute walk) or request that the books be delivered to the Godine within 2 to 3 days.

DVDs, Videos, and Films

The Godine Library has about 3,000 DVDs and videotapes, and 800 16-mm films. These collections reflect the college's curriculum but also include many feature films as well. You can search these collections in the library catalog by title, director, or subject. Use the "advanced search" function and select "MassArt Media Collection."


The suicide of Tyrone Maurice Adderley, a talented and popular painting student, provided a catalyst. In his memory, faculty organized a lecture series to bring artists from underrepresented groups to give an honorary lecture to share their work and wisdom. 

In 1995 Lorraine O’Grady gave the inaugural Adderley Lecture. Over the past two decades members of the MassArt community have been privileged to meet and learn from artists, writers, scholars, and activists each year.

These lectures have been consistently excellent but, more importantly, they have transformed MassArt and the profound in influences of speakers past still reverberate in the halls and curricula of the school. 

These lectures are now available as streaming videos to members of the MassArt community (use your netID and password to gain access).

Visual Resources

The Visual Resources department provides access to digital images and slides, instruction on using a variety of image presentation software, and assistance using our local and subscription image databases. See our research guide for more information on our collections and other recommended resources.

The Visual Resources department also offers scanning services and presentation tool help to faculty. 

Contact Caitlin Pereira, Visual Resources Librarian at or 617.879.7120. We are located on the 13th floor of the Tower building. Enter the library on the 12th floor and take the stairs up to the Visual Resources library.

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, Closed
(Faculty who need to access the slides on the weekend may inquire at the circulation desk)

Artists' Books 

Among the artists represented in this collection of over 400 items are Robert Rauschenberg, Sarah Bryant, Ed Ruscha, Sol Lewitt, Angela Lorenz, Julie Chen, Laura Davidson, Stephanie Stigliano, Paper Rad, and Laurie Anderson.

Both classes and individuals are welcome to use the collection. To book a class contact Greg Wallace at For an individual appointment contact Rachel Resnik at

For more information about artists' books in general and our collection in particular, check out our artists' books research guide.

And for images of books from our collection, visit the artists' books image gallery.