Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Arts and Humanities

Subject Librarian Contact Information

Priyanka Sharma
Telephone: 6601-3660


Collections support the Arts and Humanities Major and Minor within the Division of Humanities.

Programme Description

The Arts and Humanities major addresses the core elements of human expression from historical, critical, comparative, and practice-based perspectives. It will not only teach students about art in human life but also provide a context for students to develop their own arts practice. The intellectual and practical skills developed in the Arts and Humanities Major prepares students for a wide range of careers including work in art history, arts administration, art practice, art education, music, museums, performing arts, publishing, academia and journalism.

Courses in the Arts and Humanities major include historical and analytical studies as well as active practice in the arts. The major is focused on critical and comparative work reaching across media, cultures, and periods, and it affords the opportunity to explore and develop one’s own expression through the practice of creative writing, art, music and performance.[1]

Description of Materials Collected

The materials collected are scholarly.

The vast majority of items in the collection are in English; primary source materials in languages other than English may be collected.

There are no limitations on geographic range.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

N 1-58 General (Visual Arts)
N 31-390 Study and Teaching. Research (Visual Arts)
N 4390-5098 Exhibitions
N 8350-8356 Art as a profession. Artists
N 8554-8585 Examination and Conservation of works of art
NA 1-60 General (Architecture)
NA 4100-8480 Special Classes of Buildings
NA 9000-9428 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
NB 1-50 General (Sculpture)
NB 1910-1952 Special subjects (Sculpture)
NC 1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration
ND 25-3416 Painting
NE 1-90 General (Print Media)
NE 380 Conservation and Restoration of prints
NE 951-962 Special subjects
NE 1310-1326.5 Japanese prints (Wood Engraving)
NK 1-570 General (Decorative arts)
NK 1160-1590 Decoration and ornament. Design
NK 1648-1678 Religious art
NX 1-820 Arts in general
NX 420-430 Exhibitions
PN 1560-1590 The performing arts. Show business
PN 1600-3307 Drama
PN 1660-1693 Technique of dramatic composition
PN 1720-1861 History (drama)
PN 2000-3307 Dramatic representation. The theatre
PN 2061-2071 Art of acting
PN 2085-2091 The stage and accessories
PN 3311-3503 Prose. Prose fiction
PN 3355-3383 Technique. Authorship
PN 3427-3448 Special kinds of fiction. Fiction genres
PN 4699-5650 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.
PN 6700-6790 Comic books, strips, etc.



The collections include monographs in both print and electronic formats, Audio-visual (AV) materials, exhibition catalogues and other ephemera.

Formats that are not collected:

  • Textbooks
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Microfilmed items
  • Print serials
  • Study guides

Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • 2 D Animation
  • Actor Training
  • Architecture, painting and sculpture of imperial and early Soviet Russia
  • Art of Contemporary Okinawa
  • Art of the Historic Ryukyu Kindgom
  • Asian Shakespeare performance
  • Conceptual Art in the Philippines (Robert Chabet in particular)
  • Creative perspectives from islands in the Pacific
  • Cultural memory
  • Drawing methods
  • Environmental Art
  • Essay
  • Female imagery in East Asian art and design
  • Installation art
  • Journalism
  • Life drawing
  • Media and society
  • Medieval Russo-Byzantine artistic tradition in Russia 1860-1920
  • Modern European art
  • Modern Japanese prints and visual culture
  • New media technologies in contemporary Asia
  • Nudes
  • Performance and Ideology
  • Poetry
  • Postwar Japanese Art (and Moho-ha movement in particular)
  • Radicalism and Global Art History
  • Social practice art
  • Socially engaged art
  • Southeast Asian Contemporary Art
  • Text and image
  • Theatre making
  • Translation in performance
  • Visual Imagery in performance
  • Visual Literacy and commination
  • Writing fiction
  • Writing non-fiction

Related Collections

  • Collections at NUS Libraries, including
    • Resource library at NUS museum, which contains art and art history books, especially focused on SE Asia
    • Resource centre of the National Gallery, Singapore
    • Electronic resources including databases such as Artstor, Oxford Art Online, and the Performing Arts Periodicals Database, among others
    • Print and electronic journal subscriptions
    • The international visual arts collection at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, in particular the resources on the following topics: art history and criticism, multimedia art, sculpture and ceramics; as well as the Singapore and Southeast Asian arts collection
    • The performing arts collection and resources at the library@esplanade


[1] Yale NUS College ‘Programme Description’ accessed 22 April 2019