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 

4 issues per year, sign up for free ALJ content alerts.

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 for PDF files.


Editorial Team


Gustavo Grandal Montero 

Tate Library and Archive



Associate Editor 

Kraig Binkowski 

Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT

Associate Editor 

Michael Wirtz 

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar


Associate Editor opportunity

We are now seeking to appoint an Associate Editor, to join the current editorial team of two Associate Editors and an Editor. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to and interest in art librarianship, professional research and publishing, but editorial experience is not required, and training and support will be provided to develop editing, communication and project management skills.

Associate Editor Job Description

Applications, consisting of a CV and a statement outlining the candidate’s experience and skills relevant to the post should be sent by email to the journal’s Editor ( by Monday 23rd May 2022 (extended deadline). It is expected that interviews will be held in the week of 30th May.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of age, socio-economic background, disability, ethnicity or race, gender, religion or beliefs, and sexual identity. We particularly encourage applicants from groups that have been historically underrepresented or marginalised in the profession and would welcome the broadening of perspectives that this would bring.

For further information or informal enquiries, please contact the journal’s Editor, Gustavo Grandal Montero (


New free colllection 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.