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Latin American Art & Latine Art: A Guide to Resources: Library Catalog -- Searching for books

.... Guide by Laura Marte & Miguel Rosales.

Two Library Catalogs

With three research centers and eighty-eight neighborhood libraries, the New York Public Library has two catalogs to help library users find what they need.

Tips for Search

Regardless of the catalog, NYPL uses the Library of Congress Subject headings to help sort what is in our collections.

Catalog Search -- Finding an artist

Searching the Library’s online catalog can serve as the first step in order to see if the library holds books on a specific artist. Books are good sources for well-known artists, but may not be available for ones that are lesser known. 

There are different ways to search for books on individual artists:

  • The best way is to search in both the “Subject” field and the "Author/Contributor" field and type the LastName, FirstName of the artist.

    • e.g. Botero, Fernando
    • ​It is with this type of search that you can find material about the artist such as biographies, exhibitions, catalogs, etc...
  • You can also do an “All Fields” search if your subject and author searches provide you with little or no results.

You can visit our guide on How to Research an Artist for a more detailed approach to researching an artist.

(Examples of Popular titles are found below.)