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Artists' Books Collection at the University of Oregon Libraries

Featured Artists' Book

Partially open flagbook by Elsi Vassdal Ellis called "Girt, Retha, & Me."

A featured artists' book is Girt, Retha & Me by Elsi Vassdal Ellis. This is a flagbook that uses journal entries and images from antique shops to tell the story of farming families in the 1920s United States. To see the book, or others by EVE Press, contact the Design Library.


University of Oregon Artists' Books Collection

The University of Oregon holds over 800 artists' books! These are available for research, instruction, or general interest. Browse the digital collection online or visit the print collection in-person.


UO Artists' Books Online

Design Library Artists' Books:
Available for viewing by appointment at the Design Library in 200 Lawrence Hall. Contact

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

Other Artists' Books Collections

Artists' Books Resources


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Design Library | 200 Lawrence Hall

Most recent exhibition

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.

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.