The Art Libraries Journal (ALJ) the main international forum of the art library profession and of the documentation of the visual arts. Coverage is broad and seeks to bring a wide, international perspective to its issues. The journal is published quarterly by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of the Art Libraries Society (ARLIS) UK & Ireland.


Key journal information

ISSN 0307-4722 

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Abstracts and contents from 1976 (Vol.1 no.1) to the current issue are freely available online via Cambridge Core.

For all print and online orders or subscription enquiries contact Cambridge University Press.

For back issues in print published before 2016, contact the editor. Two 10-year Indexes have been produced (1976-1985 compiled by John Bowman and 1986-1995 compiled by Jonathan Hopson), please contact the editor.


Editorial Team

Gustavo Grandal Montero

Tate Library and Archive

Associate Editor
Kraig Binkowski

Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT

Associate Editor
Lindsey Reno

University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Associate Editor
Michael Wirtz

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar


New free collection of articles available now

The scope of Art Libraries Journal is rooted in the long-term concerns of art librarians, from specific art library materials such as catalogues, visual resources and artists’ books to historical collections, the impact of the Internet and digital technology on art documentation, copyright and other legislation affecting the activities of the profession, changes in publishing and scholarly communication, and other developments in the converging fields of libraries, museums, archives and visual resources. Most issues of the ALJ cover a spread of relevant subjects, but we regularly publish special ones focused on specific themes, including, in recent years, critical librarianship, zines, fashion, information literacy, ephemera and many others. We also produce geographical surveys of art libraries and librarianship in countries and regions (China, Japan, Latin America, etc.)

This collection of the most-read articles in special issues published in the last decade aims to draw attention to these rich resources, and to highlight both the long-standing and emerging trends in art librarianship.