The Department of Special Collections and Archives of the Queens College Libraries has a growing collection of unique artists’ books representing a broad selection of works from local and nationally recognized book artists. These works of art, presented in an unconventional book form, offer a remarkable resource for academic research and personal study, and challenge our perception of traditional book design. Artists’ books invite the reader to examine the nature of the book and encourage the idea of a multifarious reading experience.

The Special Collections staff is available to assist researchers with requests, and can provide presentations for classes interested in showcasing artists’ books and learning more about the genre. Due to their scarcity, fragility and value, artists’ books do not circulate. To view these works, appointments are recommended. Please refer to our office hours to schedule a visit.

For more information please contact:
Department of Special Collections and Archives
Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Phone: 718-997-3650

Recently Added Items

Birds of America 2010 supplement: Birds of America redacted


"With his 2010 Birds of America, artist Billy Ocallaghan provides some much-needed updates to John James Audubon’s 1840 collection of the same name.…

Love and marriage


"Love and Marriage is an altered comic book utilizing art from the 1950s. The original dialog has been removed, replaced by dry deadpan banter,…

Tiny underdog city: An uncomprehensive guide


"Tiny Underdog City has the honor of being the only city comprised solely of outer reaches." From page one. Signed by the artist.