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Book a Zoom reference appointment with the Art Librarian if you need help accessing resources, or you can use our 24/7 chat help.
Below is a sampling of publications available online. Some publications are also discoverable from the UC Library Search portal. You can also view our general guide on finding eBooks at Berkeley.
To narrow your search results to ebooks in the UC Library Search portal, use the 'refine your results' filter menu on the left. Filter by 'available online' and 'resource type' 'books' and click 'apply filter':
Berkeley eBook packages:
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project
Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks (read more here)
Springer Electronic Book Package (read more here)
UC Press E-Books Collection (eScholarship Editions)
Yale Art & Architecture ePortal
Other Portals for Accessing eBooks:
Internet Archive (register for an account to 'check out' books)
Open Access Museum Publications:
Art Institute of Chicago Publications
Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications
Museum of Modern Art, NY Publications
National Gallery of Art Publications
Wildenstein Institute Publications
List of other vendor free access during COVID-19:
The Library buys and subscribes to both individual eBook titles and collections of eBooks available to campus-affiliated users and members of the public using public-access computers in the Library. Those eBooks appear on various platforms--such as Springer, eBook Central, EBSCO eBooks, and Safari--but you can find eBook titles using the Library's main search tools:
Campus-affiliated users and members of the public on library public-access computers can often download some version or portion of library-licensed eBooks, but access varies by platform*. Those users can almost always read the entire book online, and can often download single chapters or a limited number of pages. Sometimes users can download an entire book without restrictions, and other times you can "check out" the eBook for a limited period of time (though the latter may be limited to campus-affiliated users). Many eBook platforms offer PDF downloads, and others require the use of free eBook viewing/reading software.
Use the tabs above to explore how to access eBook content from a few popular platforms. The following platforms offer full downloads (check-outs) of at least some eBooks in their collections:
* Off-campus access to library-licensed eBooks, like other online library resources, is not available to members of the public. More information on who is eligible to use the proxy server.
Berkeley subscribes to many databases with online journal content. You can find a full list of the Berkeley databases at the A-Z database list. Below are a few of the recommended databases for Art History research.
Art History Resources at SmartHistory
Art History Teaching Resource (AHTR)
Art Institute of Chicago Educator Resources
College Art Association List of Resources for Teaching Remotely
Khan Academy Art History Resources
MCN: The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
MoMA: Art Resources for
Teaching and Learning from Home
Online Teaching in the Context of COVID-19
Oxford University Press Free Teaching Resources During COVID-19