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Library Research Guides


Online and print resources to help find information about photography.

New Photography Books

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Finding Books

Find UM owned books on art and design by doing keyword or title searches in Mirlyn. An "All Fields" search is generally the best starting point. When you find a relevant title, you may want to use the subject headings listed with that title to guide further searches. 

To find books owned by other libraries try searching in WorldCat. Books not owned by UM can be requested via Interlibrary Loan by selecting the "Request via ILL" button in WorldCat.

Google Books

Use Google Books to search and read the full text of books that are out of copyright. You may also use Google Books to search the text and see snippets of books that are still in copyright. Google Books has a link to the U-M Library record so you can easily locate the print copy of books.

Digital Image Databases with Photography Images

Reference Books on Photography

Photography reference books can be found in the TR section of the AAE Library Reference Collection on the second floor of the Duderstadt Center.

Photography Book Locations in the AAE Library

  • Lower Level: Most books are shelved in the Lower Level (or basement) of the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library. Photography books are generally in the TR range.
  • Reserve: Some books are kept at the Reserves Desk. These generally can be checked out for 2 or 4 hours. Just ask at the reserve desk on the second floor of the library.
  • Folio Storage: Because of their size, age, and/or condition, some books are kept in a storage space in the lower level. These books can be used in the building. Just ask a staff member at the Reserves Desk and the book will be paged for you.
  • Special Collections: Some books in our collection, such as artists' books, are considered rare and are therefore kept in our Special Collections space in the lower level. To use these books, please contact Annette Haines to arrange an appointment.
  • Buhr: Some less frequently used books are stored at our offsite storage facility, Buhr Library. You can request Buhr books be sent to the Art, Architecture & Engineering Library by logging into Mirlyn, or you can visit the Buhr Shelving Facility.

Library of Congress Call Number Schedule for Photography

TR1-1050 Photography
TR250-265 Cameras
TR287-500 Photographic processing. Darkroom technique
TR504-508 Transparencies. Diapositives
TR510-545 Color photography
TR550-581 Studio and laboratory
TR590-620 Lighting
TR624-835 Applied photography
Including artistic, commercial, medical photography,
photocopying processes

TR845-899 Cinematography. Motion pictures

TR925-1050 Photomechanical processes