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Artists' Books Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries

Current exhibtion

You Must Never Look Away From This: An Artists' Books Selection Inspired by Between the World and Me
Winter 2017

Interior image from "Colored People" by Adrian Piper shows a black and white photograph of a person's face with green scribbled over it.

This is a joint exhibition between Special Collections & University Archives and the Design Library. It highlights artists' books that relate to themes in this year's common reading selection, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The books on view address race, identity, privilege, capitalism, education, diaspora, and family - as lived, studied, observed, and expressed by a variety of artists.

Artists' Books Exhibitions at UO

In order to celebrate and promote our artists' books collections, the Architecture and Allied Arts Library periodically creates exhibitions around themes represented in the collection. Use the navigation on the left to look at current and past exhibitions by date. If you have any questions about exhibitions, contact us.

If you are a UO student and are interested in a curatorial opportunity related to artists' books, please contact Sara DeWaay, Art and Architecture Librarian, at

University of Oregon Artists' Books Collection

The University of Oregon holds over 800 artists' books! These are available for research, instruction, or general interest. If you would like to see the artists' books collection email the art librarian to set up an appointment:

Access UO Artists' Books

The artists' books are held in a secure location, but a librarian will happily help you access the collection.

Online Collection:

Design Library Artists' Books:
Contact to make an appointment. It is helpful if you have an idea of what you are looking for when you email so that Sara can have things ready for you when you arrive. All books are held in the Design Library in 200 Lawrence Hall.

Special Collections Artists' Books:
To explore artists' books in Special Collections, contact SCUA:

Past exhibitions

Image of the artist book "Salsa."
Picnic Time! (Summer 2016). This is an exhibit of artists' books related to food.

Interior of the book Cuts, Snarls, and Snags depicts hair on a piece of typed paper.
Cuts, Snarls, Snags, and the Black Hole (Spring 2016). This exhibit explores artists' books made with hair.