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Special Collections at Murray Library: Artists' Books

This collection consists of books created as works of art. These books are not only fascinating, and often feasts for the eyes, but they also challenge the notion of what "book" means. Included in the collection are books created by Messiah faculty members. This collection is most closely aligned with the Visual Arts department. The books are stored in a secured location unless they are currently being used in a library
exhibit. An illustrated catalog of the books is available for reference. Items are cataloged with the addition of a special subject heading of "Artists' Books", and a location of Artists' Books Collection for easy identification and searching in the library catalog. The Visual Arts liaison librarian is responsible for preservation and withdrawal concerns. The Library Administrative Assistant reports all additions to this collection and the respective costs to update Murray Library's fine art inventory for insurance purposes.

Circulation Policy:

Artists' books can be requested and viewed in Murray Library (only). Please ask at the Circulation Desk.

Questions about this collection can be directed to the Library Administrative Assistant



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GPS Address: 2850 Crestline Dr, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Mailing Address: 1 University Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Phone: (717) 691-6006, ext. 3860



  • General visitor parking is available in the Old Main parking lot (VV), on the side nearest to the Eisenhower Campus Center (College Ave).
  • Handicap parking is located to the side of the building between the library and Frey Hall. This is accessible by going around the back of the library building (Crestline Drive).