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The Fine Arts Division, located on the fourth floor of the Central Library, serves both research and informational needs in the performing and visual arts, and includes books, magazines, videos, compact discs, long-playing records, DVDs and mounted pictures.
The book collection is primarily circulating and includes materials in the subject areas of art, music, theatre, film, television, dance and fashion. Extensive reference sources are also available, as well as access to web-based products such as Art Index.
Notable collections include the history of fashion and design; biographical/historical files in film, theatre, dance, music, fashion and art; limited holdings of Sotheby's and Christie's auction catalogs; the Dallas Theater Center archives; and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra archives.
The Fine Arts Division has an extensive graphic arts collection featuring hundreds of graphic novels, compilations and histories of comic books and newspaper comic strips, and an ever-growing collection of manga (multi-volume comics from Japan). This collection also includes in-depth sections and drawing instruction, graphic design and advertising art.
Special features include an 8-seat listening center, a multiple-screen video wall, two performance areas and the Lillian M. Bradshaw Gallery.
New! Works by Texas artists now available online
Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper is a joint digital collections project between Southern Methodist University Libraries, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Public Library's Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division and Fine Books Division. The goal of the project is to provide access to a wide range of digitized copies of works by Texas artists, and to promote the growth and study of Texas art movements.