Art Library Remote Resources and Services

Wondering how to access art and architecture books while the Art Library is closed?

The University of Louisville has a trial subscription to the A&AePortal database which provides access to important art and art history scholarly books from some of the world’s finest publishers and museums such as Art Institute of Chicago, Princeton, and Yale University Press. This resource provides access to several titles owned by the Bridwell Art Library in an electronic format.  

RedShelf is offering free electronic textbooks to students whose institutions are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The e-books can be borrowed until May 25. The following texts are a sample of what’s available:

Stokstad’s Art: A Brief History
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages
Practices of Looking
Culture of Design
Art History: The Basics
Ways of Seeing

VitalSource is also offering free electronic textbooks to students at the University of Louisville. Use your UofL email to sign up. The e-books can be borrowed until May 25. The following texts are a sample of what’s available:

Stokstad’s Art: A Brief History
Art of Mesopotamia
Asian Art
Contemporary Art
Digital Art
Greek Art and Archaeology 
History of Modern Art
Janson’s History of Art
Medieval Art
Roman Art
Roman Art & Archaeology
The Art of Writing About Art
What is “Islamic Art”?
Women Artists

Check out the Art Library Remote Resources and Services guide for information about remote access to library resources and services for art faculty and students. If you have any questions about accessing resources while off-campus, contact the Art Library at

Explore eBooks at UofL

by Latisha Reynolds

Latisha Reynolds is the Humanities and Social Sciences Reference Librarian at Ekstrom Library.

The U of L Libraries provide access to eBooks in various formats, and on numerous topics for research or pleasure.  These are books that can be downloaded electronically or digitally.

Most of the eBooks are available to U of L students, faculty, and staff but some are freely accessible to anyone.  We have individual books that are found in the library catalogs, and collections of eBooks within databases as well.  There are also popular fiction and non-fiction titles available on Kindles at both Ekstrom and Kornhauser libraries that can be checked out through the Kindle Loan Program.

Below are descriptions of a few featured eBook collections.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertations
“Since 2002 the University Libraries have been building a collection of digital copies of theses and dissertations authored here at the University of Louisville. This effort is in keeping with an international trend of institutions migrating to electronic theses and dissertations (known as ETDs) in order to provide free worldwide access to these titles and to enable graduate students to include digital media in their works.  In 2009 the Libraries migrated the ETD collection to be part of the Libraries Digital Collections. This migration has allowed for full text searching and simultaneous searching of other electronic collections.”  U of L Electronic Thesis and Dissertations:

Early English Books Online
“Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America  and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700….” Early English Books Online:

Safari Technical Books Online
“Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing over 23,793 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users.”  Safari Books Online:

Oxford Art Online
“Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works: Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, as well as many specially commissioned articles and bibliographies available exclusively online.”  Oxford Art Online:

Women and Social Movements in the United States
“Women and Social Movements in the United States
is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women’s history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection seeks to advance scholarly debates and understanding about U.S. history generally at the same time that it makes the insights of women’s history accessible to teachers and students at universities, colleges, and high schools. The collection currently includes 110 document projects and archives with almost 4,200 documents and 56,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, news from the archives, and teaching tools.”  WASM/Alexander Street Press-

Health Sciences eBooks

We also have many health sciences related eBooks; check out the eBook Health Sciences guide at:

Accessing eBooks
For more information on accessing eBooks check out the eBooks at U of L Libraries guide: The eBooks collection is still growing, so check back often to find new titles!