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Art History: Guide to online resources during COVID-19


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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

Artifex Press

Cambridge eBooks

EBSCO eBooks


MIT Press Direct

Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks (read more here)

Project Muse

ProQuest Ebook Central

Springer Electronic Book Package (read more here)

UC Press E-Books Collection (eScholarship Editions) 

Yale Art & Architecture ePortal


Other Portals for Accessing eBooks:

Getty Research Portal

Google Books

Internet Archive (register for an account to 'check out' books)


Open Access Museum Publications:

Art Institute of Chicago Publications

Detroit Institute of Arts

Getty Museum Publications

Guggenheim Publications

LACMA Publications

Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications

Museum of Modern Art, NY Publications

National Gallery of Art Publications

Smithsonian Books Online

Wildenstein Institute Publications


List of other vendor free access during COVID-19:

Finding eBooks at Berkeley

Finding Library-Licensed eBooks

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:

  • UC Library Search is the University of California's unified discovery and borrowing system.
  • Browse our full list of eBook databases. If you want to search for eBooks in a specific discipline, or those published in a particular time period or place, you might want to search a specific eBook database directly.

Downloading eBooks

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.

Online Databases

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.

Film and Video