Other sources of information

Library catalogues

UK and Ireland

COPAC
The union catalogue of more than 70 research libraries, including the national libraries and major universities.

International

Art Discovery Group Catalogue
Formerly known as artlibraries.net/ The Virtual Catalogue for Art History, this service provides the ability to cross-search the catalogues of many major art libraries in Europe and North America, simultaneously.

Worldcat
Based on the OCLC database, WorldCat provides links to the holdings of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

 

Periodicals, journals & serials

UK and Ireland

In addition to arlis.net, other online sources for locating periodicals include the following: 

SUNCAT
The UK's National Union Catalogue of Serials lists the holdings of more than 80 institutions, including the National Art Library.

COPAC
The union catalogue of more than 70 research libraries, including the national libraries and major universities. Includes many entries for serials.

British Library Intergrated Catalogue
Includes journals from the British Library's Document Supply Collections.

Cambridge Union List of Serials
Contains more than 100,000 serial titles held in 100 contributing libraries.

InforM25 Union List of Serials
The holdings of the constituent libraries of the University of London and University of Westminster.

Oxford University Libraries
Provides access to SOLO, the university's online union library catalogue, plus other sources.

Scottish Academic Libraries SERials (SALSER)
Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries.

International

Arthistoricum.net

The Arthistoricum.net service at the University of Heidelberg includes an increasing number of digitised periodicals. All are freely available online. See, for example, Digitalized Sources.

Auction house sale catalogues

UK and Ireland

Major sources for sale catalogues include the following libraries:

National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum
The NAL has extensive holdings of sale catalogues from the UK and abroad. For details, see: National Art Library Auction House Sale Catalogues. Most sale catalogues are included in the Library's Computer Catalogue and can be searched via the Sale catalogues menu options. Additional sources are described in: Art auction sales, sales catalogues and price guides study guide

British Library Catalogue
The BL also has major collections of historic and current sale catalogues. For a detailed description, see the Guide to Sale Catalogues. As the guide explains, only some sales are included in the BL's Catalogue.

Barber Fine Art Library, University of Birmingham
The Barber Fine Art Library collects catalogues which most closely match the profile of the Barber art collection and also holds historic catalogues dating back to the late seventeenth century. For more information, see the Library's webpages.

Book Library, Courtauld Institute of Art
The Courtauld's sale catalogue collection dates from 1722 to the present day, but holdings are not listed on the computer catalogue. For more information, see Book Library, Sales Catalogues.

National Gallery of Ireland
The Gallery's Library holds the most comprehensive collection of sales catalogues in Ireland. For more information, contact the Library and Archives.

Paul Mellon Centre Library
The Centre's Library contains 5,000 auction catalogues dating from the late 19th century to the present day. Some of them are not yet listed on the Online Catalogue. For more information, see the library's webpages.

Tate Library
Tate holds sale catalogues from the 1960s onwards, but these are not yet included in the online catalogue. For more information, see Other Library Collections.

International

SCIPIO
The SCIPIO database is perhaps the largest single source of records describing sale catalogues. More than 20 art libraries now contribute to the SCIPIO system, which contains entries for catalogues produced by all the major European and North American auction houses. The database is available via OCLC's FirstSearch service and can be consulted in the National Art Library and the British Library, among other places. For more details see the OCLC webpage describing SCIPIO

Arthistoricum.net

The Arthistoricum.net portal provides free access to digitised copies of German sale catalogues published between 1930 and 1945.

 

Archives & manuscripts

UK and Ireland

Artists' Papers Register
A location register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections.

Archives Hub
Enables users to search across the archive holdings of more than 200 institutions, including many with art and design material.

 

Directories of art libraries

Argentina and Latin America

Vitruvio Directorio Abreviado
Provides a list of libraries covering art, architecture, design and urbanism.

Australia

Art Libraries links
Includes a list of art libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

Belgium

Inventaris kunstbibliotheken
A temporary directory to art libraries in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.

Denmark

For more information, see the website for ARLIS Norden

Finland

For more information, see the website for ARLIS Norden

France

Répertoire des bibliothèques et centres de documentation

Directory of libraries and information centres, with menu options for searching for specific institutions, places, subjects and keywords.

Iceland

For more information, see the website for ARLIS Norden

Ireland

arlis.net directory of art library resources (i.e. this website)
A directory of art, architecture and design library resources in the UK and Ireland.

Netherlands

Collections of art-historical information in the Netherlands
A directory of scholarly library collections with holdings concerning the history of art of the Western world from the early Middle Ages until the present day.

New Zealand

Art Libraries links
Includes a list of art libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

Norway

For more information, see the website for ARLIS Norden

Sweden

For more information, see the website for ARLIS Norden

UK

arlis.net directory of art library resources (i.e. this website)
A directory of art, architecture and design library resources in the UK and Ireland.