The Art Library serves the University of Washington School of Art and the university community-at-large and is open to the public. The collection primarily supports teaching, research, and learning in the broad areas of art history, studio art, and design.
The Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is helping museums make the transition from printed volumes to multimedia, web-based publications freely available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The Foundation launched OSCI in 2009 in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum and eight other institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Seattle Art Museum; Tate; and the Walker Art Center. The consortium's goals are to create models for online catalogues that will dramatically increase access to museum collections; make available new, interdisciplinary, up-to-date research; and revolutionize how this research is conducted, presented, and utilized. To date, eight catalogues have been released.
Now Showing At... is a new blog from the Art Library. Its purpose is to keep you informed about the latest national and international exhibitions and introduce you to UW Libraries resources related to artists in those exhibitions. The latest entries are Carrie Mae Weems at the Guggenheim, and Martin Creed's retrospective at the Southbank Center’s Hayward Gallery in London.