Original Objects: Artists' Books from Special Collections

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What distinguishes an artist's book from an art book? Unlike an art book, which is a representation of artists' works and ideas, an artists' book is itself an original work of art, visually and conceptually whole.

The Artists’ Books collection is the only one among the Scribner Library’s rare book collections to receive new purchases every year thanks to a generous donor’s endowment. This exhibition features a selection of books from the collection.

Exhibit curated by Yvette Cortes, Fine Arts Librarian

The exhibit will be on display in the Harris Lobby in the Scribner Library through December 2014.

Many of the books in the exhibit can be viewed in the Lucy Scribner Library's Digital Collections.

For resources on artists’ books, please see our Artists' Books Subject Guide.

Open Access Week


Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic community to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research is conducted.
To learn more about Open Access (OA) and access OA databases, visit the Library’s Open Access page.

Scary movies and books!



Looking for horror films to watch this Halloween? Go to the Films by Genre page, and click on Horror or Vampires.
To find scary books try using these search terms in the library catalog:
demonology, ghosts, haunted houses, horror tales, monsters, mummies, vampires, werewolves, witchcraft, zombies
Phyllis A. Roth Vampire Literature Collection
This collection in the Department of Special Collections includes rare and first editions of many vampire books, as well as magazines, playbills, comics, ephemera, toys, and more relating to the vampire theme. To search this collection, do an advanced search in the library catalog using the keyword “vampire,” and choose "Special Collections" in the  Format field.

Digital Loeb Classical Library: Trial Database


Digital Loeb Classical Library is an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing, virtual library of  Greek and Latin literature. More than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content.
To learn more about this database:

Annual Library Book Sale


Our annual book sale will be held on Saturday, October 18, 9 am – 3 pm. Come early for the best selection!

If you have books you want to donate to the sale, please bring them to the Circulation Desk on Thursday (10/16) or Friday (10/17).


Carnegie Hall Premieres in the Library: October 16


On behalf of the Department of Music and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the library would like to invite you to join us for a special informance with members of the Ensemble ACJW.

They will be performing the Mozart piece Quartet for Flute and Strings in D Major, K. 285.

Location: Lucy Scribner Library, Harris Lobby
Date: Thursday, Oct. 16 from 12:15-12:35

Ensemble ACJW features musicians of The Academy—a Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (ACJW) and Skidmore College.


Student Art in the Library: Call for Submissions


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore's studio art students to exhibit their work. The juried exhibition is open to all art majors or minors currently enrolled at Skidmore College.

Fall 2014 Exhibition dates: October 29 - December 12

**Deadline for applications: Friday, October 10**

To apply, please read the Exhibition Policies and Guidelines and fill out the Exhibition Entry Form & Agreement.

Scribner Library Map

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Print copies are available at the reference desk.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists: Trial Database


Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists.

To learn more, read a brief history of Benezit: 

Subject Guides


Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know!

Find your subject here:

Group Study & Meeting Rooms

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Students can reserve meeting rooms and group study rooms 24 hours or less in advance for 2 hour blocks of time:
Available group study and meeting rooms can also be reserved for 2 hour periods on a walk-up basis using the electronic room reservation panels located outside each room (select the "Reserve Now" function).

1-Credit Research Class


LI 371 Independent Study provides preparation for a senior thesis, capstone, or honors project that requires a serious research component. Students will work one-on-one with a Subject Specialist in the Library.

For more information and how to register:

One Credit Library Research Course

The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

LI 100, taught in the first half of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process, and helps students to develop their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Visit the Instructional Services page for more information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

Collecting Special Collections

WildernessCollecting Special Collections, the current exhibit in the Harris Lobby, showcases unique items from Skidmore’s Department of Special Collections, home to the College’s rare books and archives. Our rare books collection is made up of the General Collection and numerous smaller named collections, such as the John J. Cunningham Science Fiction Collection.

Materials on display represent the delightfully eclectic nature of our General Collection, where an old favorite children’s book shares space with an illuminated Book of Hours from the 1440s and Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian. Among the individual collections featured, the Artists’ Books and the Fox Collection are also highlighted.

An artist’s book is itself an original work of art, as visually and conceptually whole as a painting or sculpture. This collection is the only one among our rare book collections to receive new purchases every year thanks to a generous donor’s endowment. It has been carefully and wisely developed over the years by College Librarian Ruth Copans. Additional selections from our Artists’ Books are also available through our Digital Collections.

The Fox Collection contains over 400 books predominantly from the Victorian era. It was collected with a strong focus on the illustrated books from that time period. The collection showcases in particular the works of George Cruikshank but also features authors and illustrators such as William Blake, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and the Grimm Brothers. The Fox collection is a perennial favorite of Skidmore students and faculty alike, and is the most heavily utilized rare book collection in Special Collections.

The exhibit will be on display through February 13, 2014.

Please check out our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.