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Research and Instruction Librarian for Music & Fine Arts

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Karen Olson
Christiansen Hall of Music 147 (Music Library)
& Rolvaag Library 306

Catalyst -- St. Olaf & Carleton Libraries Catalog

To identify books, films, government documents, etc. owned by St. Olaf and Carleton, consult Catalyst:          


Catalyst searches for books, DVDs, a selection of government documents and other items owned by the two colleges.  Use the facets on the left to narrow your search by date published, material type (books, videos) and location.

Material housed at Carleton may be requested directly from Catalyst by clicking on the  "request" button. Twice-a-day deliveries (Monday through Friday) between the two schools assure a quick exchange!

How Are Art Books Organized?

N-NX -- Fine Arts

The St. Olaf and Carleton libraries use the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System to organize books.  LC uses the prefix "N" to designate books relating to the Fine Arts.  At St. Olaf the "N" section is located on the 4th level of Rolvaag Library.  The "N" section is subdivided as follows:


Visual Arts (General)
N400-N4042: Arts museums, galleries
N5300-N7418: History of Art
N7475-N7483: Art criticism

NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design, Illustration
ND Painting
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts

Arts in general (more than one art form)

Books at Other Libraries