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About the Library
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present. Our digital and print resources are designed to meet the needs of students and faculty of the departments, schools and programs of the University of Pennsylvania. More....

***New Facilities in Fisher Fine Arts Library!***

Materials Library
- Beginning January 10th, Fisher Fine Arts Material Library will be open to all. Come visit our new collection of naturals, polymers, glass, concretes, and much, much, more. Please visit our new page for more information about the materials collection and how to access it.

Fisher B-Level Seminar Room: 
Our new seminar space is available for classes and group study and may be booked here. It is equipped with a 90" monitor, Mac and PC operability, and technology for video conferencing. It accommodates 12 people.

Common Press -
The Common Press has replanted itself from Morgan Hall to the lower level of the Fisher Fine Arts Library.  We will announce its official opening hours shortly.  For information on using the press for a class, group, or individual project, please contact Hannah Bennett.

*Please note: Items with a location in Franklin of Fisher Fine Arts Library - Rare Book or Fisher Fine Arts Library - Locked Case are available for requesting and viewing weekdays 10 am to 5 pm. See this guide for more information.*

****Fine Arts Image Collection & Staff:  To access the digital fine arts image collection, please go through ARTstor.  Image collection staff maybe reached at   

Featured Resources:

Library Workshop Calendar
Trial: V-IDEO offers a fresh dialogue on art to the art world and beyond. It provides seven short videos on every featured artist, most of whom are from Mumbai or New Delhi. Six of them deal with different topics addressed through two or three questions. The second displays twenty artworks of the artist. V-IDEO presents the worldviews of artists, critics, and others in the art world. Diverse reflections on art and life create a rich and multifaceted picture of the world. Available through February 25th.

Trial: Neural Magazine -
Neural was established in 1993, covering the latest trends in new media art, literature electronic music and hacktivism. The aim was twofold: to be a magazine of ideas and to encourage the growth of a network of digital culture publishers Available through 3/15/18

Trial: Pidgeon Digital -
The original Pidgeon Digital collection, created by Monica Pidgeon in 1979, took the form of a series of tape/slide talks, each consisting of an audio-cassette, and corresponding time-coded color slides, which gave the students of architecture and design the opportunity to hear the actual voices of the designers of buildings, and listen to their ideas in their own words. Pidgeon Digital" makes these talks available as online presentations, which are fully searchable for use by the wider architecture and built environment community. Notable speakers, both past and present, who continue to have a lasting influence include: Cedric Price, Denys Lasdun, Felix Candela, Frank Newby, James Stirling, Konrad Wachsmann, Maxwell Fry, Norman Foster, Peter Rice, Philip Johnson, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Richard Rogers, Serge Chermayeff, Ted Happold, and Zaha Hadid.  Available through 3/16/18.

Contemporary Culture Index
The CC Index is an online, open-access bibliographical database indexing international journals and periodicals. Areas covered are architecture, art, cinema, cultural studies, design, literature, music, philosophy, social sciences and photography. 

Arab Image Foundation: The AIF is a non-profit organization established in Beirut in 1997. Its mission is to collect, preserve and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora. The AIF’s expanding collection is generated through artist and scholar-led projects. The Foundation makes its collection accessible to the public through a wide spectrum of activities, including exhibitions, publications, videos, a website and an online image database. The ongoing research and acquisition of photographs include so far Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Iran, Mexico, Argentina and Senegal. To date, the collection holds more than 600,000 photographs provides over 77,000 training videos related to new technologies and software. Faculty, students, and permanent staff can access Lynda through pennkey access via Lynda Campus.

- Electronic Arts Intermix Educational Streaming Service
The Electronic Arts Intermix collection spans the mid-1960s to the present and includes works by pioneering figures such as Nam June Paik, Bruce Nauman, Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas, as well new digital works by emerging artists, including
Seth Price, Paper Rad, Cory Arcangel and Takeshi Murata. The Educational Streaming Site offers access to selected titles from the full collection.

Material ConneXion Material ConneXion maintains the world's largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design. Materials are selected through a strict review process  40+ new materials are independently juried into the library every month. This database serves as a remote entry point for users and features high quality images, product and manufacturing information, description, and application.