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Graphic Design & Illustration

Request a book service

Staff and students can request new academic books for the Library to buy.

This service is only for books needed for individual study/research or to diversify the Library collection.

Check out the Request a book page to find out more. 

Finding books in other libraries

If you would like to read a book that we don't have here at Leeds Beckett, you could try one of the following options:

  • If you are a final year undergraduate, postgraduate student, researcher or member of staff you could apply for an interlibrary loan. You can make your request using Discover (our interlibrary loans FAQs tell you how to do it). Most books will arrive for you to collect from the Library within 20 working days.
  • Search on Library Hub Discover to see if there is another university library that has the book. Library Hub Discover enables you to search over 140 UK and Irish library catalogues to help you identify resources held elsewhere.
  • Apply for SCONUL Access to borrow the book from another UK or Irish university library (full-time undergraduate students can't borrow, but can still have reference access). Apply for SCONUL Access online and register with your Leeds Beckett email address. You should contact the library you wish to visit beforehand to check opening hours, access policies, accessibility and any documentation you may need to take with you.
  • You could visit the British Library Reading Room at the Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, near Leeds. You can't borrow from this library, but you can consult millions of items. You can pre-register for a Reading Room pass and order your material online before visiting on the British Library's website.
  • You could search the Leeds Public Library Catalogue to see if they have the book you are looking for. You can also make reservations at Leeds Public Library online and join Leeds Public Library if you're not already a member.

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 = Northeastern 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