ArticleAbstract: A survey of holdings of non-Western art in British, and some North American, art libraries has by and large confirmed that it is poorly represented, and that contemporary non-Western art is especially neglected. Libraries’ freedom to acquire material in this broad area may be restricted or defined by curricula, the interests of clients, and the availability of material, yet libraries which allow themselves to be thus constrained present a distorted and impoverished view of world art. Library classification schemes tend to favour Western art, with non-Western art sometimes being relegated to ‘crafts’ or ‘anthropology’, while subject descriptors sometimes employ inappropriate terminology.
ArticleAbstract: In addition to an art library which is part of the public library service, the city of Leeds, in the north of England, is the home of two universities and an art college, and of the Henry Moore Centre for the Study of Sculpture, in each of which significant art library collections can be found. Each library has cooperative links, if only of a limited nature, with one of the other five, but cooperation involving all five libraries is lacking. As a first step, regular meetings are suggested; other possible developments might include an information booklet, a periodicals union list, a Conspectus review of collections, and a cooperative acquisitions policy.