With over 500,000 books, scores, and pamphlets focused on the core subject areas of art, art history, music, theatre, and dance, the FAL has one of the largest such collections in the Southwest. With the addition in July 2009 of the collection of the former Audio Visual Library, the subject matter extends beyond the Fine Arts to include the Liberal Arts. In addition to educational DVDs and videocassettes, the collection includes numerous feature films and television shows available for 7-day loan.
Current journal issues are arranged alphabetically by title on open shelves located on the third level. Bound volumes of periodicals are shelved in call number sequence along with books on level five of the library. Call numbers and holdings for bound periodicals are indicated in the Library Catalog. Many of our journals are also available in digital form through our Find a Journal page.
The reference collection on the fifth level includes standard reference materials such as encyclopedias, directories, dictionaries, and bibliographies, as well as specialized materials such as iconographical dictionaries, discographies, and indexes to theatrical seasons. Catalogs of collections of major museums are also shelved here.
Archival and Special Collections
Austin Theatre Alliance Archive
Oscar G. Brockett Archive
Ezra William Doty Collection
Lynn Freeman Olson Collection
Michael Kostiuk Collection
Igor Youskevitch Collection
Sharir and Sharir/Bustamante Dance Collection