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Visual Arts: Books

Books 101

Number of books you may borrow: 

  • Undergraduate students (1st – 3rd year students) - 6 books for 14 Days
  • Honors/4th year students - 10 books for 20 days
  • Postgraduate students (Masters and PhD students/researchers) -15 books for 30 Days 

If the book you are looking for is not on the shelf, the following procedure applies:

  • Check that the book is not at the back or on the trolleys by the study area
  • Check that the book is not in front of the information specialists’ desk (this is common with new books)

If you still can’t find the book, the person who was assisting you will ask you to fill in a missing book form. Please provide us with the following details:

  • Your name;
  • Your student number;
  • Your email address;
  • Your cell phone / telephone number 

If the book you are looking for has been checked out, you have the option of placing a hold on it. This means that you will be notified as soon as the book is returned. 

The following procedure applies: 

  • Go to the record of the book you are looking for
  • The option to place a hold will appear, as a blue button, click on this 
  • You will be asked to log in with your University Portal details
  • You will also be asked to select the location you want the book to be picked up
  • Then submit


You may encounter books we refer to as reference books. These are books that cannot be taken out of the Library, such as Dictionaries and Thesauri. You will know a book is a reference book from the Call Number, the book will have an before the number. 

For Example: 


Title 100 contemporary artists = 100 zeitgenössische Künstler = 100 artistes contemporains / edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth.

Publisher Köln : Taschen, c2009.


 Ref Coll Level 6  N 709.05 HUNDRED  v. 1    IN  ---
 Ref Coll Level 6  N 709.05 HUNDRED  v. 2    IN  ---

GV Books, also called study collection books are the books that students and staff can check out for only 2 hours. The GV/Study Collection is located opposite Xerox on the 3rd Floor (Main Entrance).

An example of a GV/Study Collection Book is the following:

Author Name Barnard, Malcolm, 1958-


Title Art, design, and visual culture : an introduction / Malcolm Barnard.

Publisher London : Macmillan, 1998.


 Study Collection (GV) MKY  GV 701 BARNARD    IN  ---

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