The Art & Design Library (room 2020 WJB) was founded in 2003 in a 70-square foot office in the Fine Arts Building, where homemade shelves held the collection of 1,100 art history books donated by retiring Professor Emerita and Art History Department Chair Patricia Rose. In 2011 the library moved with the Department of Art History into the newly renovated William Johnston Building, and merged with libraries from the Departments of Art Education and Interior Design.
The Library now resides in a 2,500-square foot glass-walled room overlooking the WJB atrium, and houses a growing collection of more than 8,000 books donated by College of Fine Arts faculty, students, and supporters, as well as an art film collection and a donation of Renaissance prints and printed book pages. The library serves as both a quiet study space for all FSU students in the area and an elegant venue for College events.
Graduate assistants from Art History and Art Education manage and supervise the Art & Design Library during public hours, typically 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Students are welcome to use the Library during these hours for quiet study, and are asked to check backpacks and bookbags at the counter. Occasionally the Library is closed for department events, usually in the late afternoon or evening.
The Library’s collection is catalogued in a Filemaker database which can be searched on-site in the Library, or online with FSUID access. Contact the Art History Media Center curator for access. Although books may not be taken from the room, patrons are welcome to read, scan, or copy them on the library copier. (Copies are charged to your FSUCard, and scans can only be saved to USB, so be sure to bring a flash drive.)
The Art & Design Library also houses several pieces of art, including two large Picasso posters from a 1953 exhibition in Milan and Sugar Conventions, a vibrant nine-panel mixed media piece by contemporary Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié. The exhibtion posters are part of an extensive collection of art books and catalogs donated by Art History graduate student Tobias Mostel, and the Duval-Carrié piece is on loan from the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies in the FSU Department of Modern Languages.