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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.


Archives, personal papers, rare publications, and other textual materials 

Total about 500 cubic feet. They include records and publications of the college (1873-), the alumni association (1890-), and student groups (1903-), as well as student and faculty sketchbooks and notebooks (1875-), publications and devices created by alumnus and faculty member Albert Munsell (1901-1918), architectural plans and drawings (1880-), hundreds of photographs of student, faculty, studios, and art work  (1880-), a 90,000-image pictorial reference file (1930-1970), the records of the Boston Lettering Arts Guild, papers of alumna and faculty member Muriel Cooper, student scrapbooks (1882-), fabric samples, films, videotapes, audiotapes.

Works of art 

Include samples of student and faculty work, notably 109 examination drawings exhibited by the college at the 1876 Centennial Exposition, plaster casts of classical sculpture, WPA-commissioned photographs, murals and stained glass windows, and works by well known American artists. Among those, many represent alumni/ae and faculty: a portrait of college founder Walter Smith by Robert Vonnoh, sculptures by Cyrus Dallin and Raymond Porter, drawings by Ernest L. Major, prints and paintings by Lawrence Kupferman, photographs by William Wegman, glass by Dan Dailey, posters by Jacqueline Casey and members of Boston's Graphic Workshop, early design work and business and academic papers of Muriel Cooper, and Albert Pettito's drawings and models for the helmet now used by the U.S. Armed Services.   A collection of more than 300 artists’ books includes works by Robert Rauschenberg and Ed Ruscha.  Other works include books and prints by Josef Albers, prints by Leonard Baskin, and photographs by Paul Strand, George Tice, Harold Edgerton, and James Nachtwey.


Many books, serials, and pamphlets are cataloged with the call number prefix "ARCHIVES" and are described in the library catalog. Some unpublished materials are described by finding aids available from the archives office. Library staff can sometimes respond to inquiries on a drop-in basis, but an appointment is recommended. For more information, contact Danielle Sangalang at or 617.879.7105.


The library has a rich collection of theses produced by the graduate programs: Art Education, DMI, and Architecture. Browse and search for copies of MassArt theses online.