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Graphic Design & Illustration

Finding books in other libraries

Interlibrary Loans

  • Final year undergraduates, postgraduate students and staff can borrow books and access journal articles not held by Leeds Beckett via our Interlibrary Loans service.

Library Hub Discover

  • Provides free access to details of materials held in over 180 UK national, academic and specialist libraries. 

Visit other libraries

  • Students and staff can use other UK libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme, or by visiting the British Library reading room at Boston Spa.

Leeds Libraries

  • If you live in Leeds you can join Leeds Libraries for free and borrow books from public libraries across the city.

Discover books and eBooks


Individual eBook titles can be accessed online through Discover. The following eBook collections are also available:

There are also a number of free open access eBook providers, including:

  • Getty Publications Virtual Library
    Free online access to more than 250 of Getty Publications titles, including 'American Icons: Transatlantic Perspectives on Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century American Art' and 'Introduction to Imaging'.
  • Guggenheim Online Modern Art Books
    The Guggenheim Modern Art Museum has made available online over 100 art books and catalogues. To read any of these, you will just need to follow these simple instructions: 1) Select a text from the collection. 2) Click the 'Read Catalogue Online' button. 3) Start reading the book in the pop-up browser, and use the controls at the very bottom of the pop-up browser to move through the book.
  • MetPublications
    MetPublications is a portal to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s publications containing 1,500 titles from the last five decades, including art catalogues from the museum's past exhibitions. You can read the books online or download them in PDF format.

How books are organised in the Library

Photo of library books with classification number stickers

The Library arranges its books according to the Dewey Decimal System. This system organises subjects into 10 main areas from 000 - 999. Classification numbers are then added before and after the decimal point to identify the different subject areas, for example:

900 = History, Geography and Travel

940 = Europe

942 = England and Wales

942.8 = North Eastern England

942.81 = West Yorkshire

942.819 = Leeds

3 letters from the author's name are often added to the end of the number e.g. 942.819 THO. This helps with identification when there are a lot of resources at the same number.

Useful class numbers for graphic design and illustration

You will find all of these on the 2nd floor of the Sheila Silver Library.

Class number Subject area
658.827 Brands, logos and trademarks
686.22 Typography
701 Art theory
701.8 Colour
702.8 Art techniques
709 Art history
740 Drawing
741.6 Illustration
760 Printmaking
770 Photography
776 Digital art