From printed matter to electronic media, Decker Library offers a wide variety of research materials.

The emphasis and strength of our collections are:

  • the documentation and interpretation of visual art and design
  • artists, events, and trends of the 20th and 21st centuries
  • critical discourse surrounding these activities
  • meeting the curricular needs of all MICA classes 

Printed Materials and eBooks

Find Printed Materials & eBooks

The majority of books in our collection are available for check out. Print magazines and journals are available for in-library use only. eBooks are also searchable through our library catalog.

Have any questions about this? Contact Access Services at

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Articles and Media

Find Articles and Media

We subscribe to several databases that offer academic, scholarly, and encyclopedic articles and information, images, and streaming video on a wide variety of topics.

Most of our databases are integrated into our catalog, but not all.

Don't see something you're looking for? Use the interlibrary loan link to request that we borrow an item from another library on your behalf.

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Special Collections (Analog and Digitized)

Find Special Collections

Special Collections at Decker Library include rare and/or historic photographs, prints (e.g. lithographs), artists' books, rare books, architectural records, and audiovisual material, such as moving images and audio, manuscripts, publications, and MICA Archives.

Some items are digitized and available on Digital Decker, others can be viewed in the library. Email for guidelines on viewing things in the library or take a look at our Special Collections page.

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