Current Hours: Fall schedule
(September 2 - December 19, 2014)

Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 9:45pm
Friday 8:00am to 4:45pm
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am to 4:45pm

See special hours for Thanksgiving break: November 26-30

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  • The Visual Narrative: Book Arts and Photography, the current library exhibition, runs from September 23 to December 14, 2014. This exhibition represents artists’ books covering the last forty-five years that construct visual stories through the use of photography and/or photography combined with text.
  • "Compendium," the catalog of the 2012 Art Department faculty exhibition at the Chazen Museum, is now available online.
  • See a new research guide for Arts Administration.
  • If you associate Fall in Wisconsin with birds flying south, check out the historical American bird books digitized within the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. See ducks in illustration styles of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • The recent George Clooney film, The Monuments Men, was inspired by actual wartime experiences of those who sought to protect cultural treasures during World War II. The Art Library has produced a guide to additional reading: Art looting, destruction, and protection during World War II.
  • See our guide if you need help in Identifying Period Styles (for architecture and interiors)
  • Fifteen Japanese illustrated books from the late Edo period are available for viewing online within the Arts Collection created by the UW Digital Collections Center. The Japanese books are owned by Kohler Art Library.
  • Kohler Art Library books are included in the full text Google Book Project. Approximately 6,000 books were digitized to expand access to these important art-related historical materials.
  • Interested in the book arts?  See the library's Artists’ Book Collection database, an illustrated, descriptive index to over 760 artists’ books located in the Kohler Art Library.  Users can search by artist, title, press, book structure, binding, subject, or contributor roles.