There are two techniques to use when trying to locate photobooks in the library on a particular topic or photographer: browsing and searching. Each technique has its benefits and drawbacks, so use the one that works best for you and your topic.
Use a library map to find books in the stacks (general collection/shelves).
The following photography-related subject terms may be helpful when searching for photobooks in the library using Summon or the library catalog. Subject terms are precise words used to organize information, much like hashtags on Twitter and Instagram.
To search Summon by Subject Terms, use the Advanced Search option or copy and paste the following into the search bar: SubjectTerms:(YOUR SUBJECT TERM)
Pro Tip: Try using the name of a photographer as both subject and author when searching for books on or by an individual (ex: SubjectTerms:(Leibovitz, Annie) or Author:(Leibovitz, Annie)). For more about constructing searches in Summon, view the Finding & Using Books FAQ's.
Photography, Artistic--19th century
Photography, Artistic--20th century
Photography, Artistic--21st century
Photography, Artistic-[name of state or country]
Photography, Artistic Catalogs
Photography, Artistic Exhibitions
Photography, Artistic--Social aspects
Photography, Artistic--Themes, motives
If you want to browse the stacks (general collection), TR is the Library of Congress classification for photography and is the beginning component for most photography books.
Pro Tip: If browsing is your only technique, you may miss important works that are shelved elsewhere in the library. Since the library is organized by subject, photobooks about a particular subject or location will be classified in a different section of the library (ex: photobooks on horses may appear in SF and photobooks on Japan may appear in DS).
TR6 Exhibitions, museums, General works by country
TR9 Dictionaries, encyclopedias
TR15 History, general
TR21-TR127 By country
TR144 Early works to 1850
TR145 Works 1850-
TR146-TR151 Handbooks, manuals
TR161 Study and teaching
TR267 Digital photography
TR287-TR500 Processing, Darkroom techniques
TR510-TR545 Color photography
TR550-TR581 Studio & laboratory
TR640-TR688 Artistic photography
TR645.A-TR645.Z by city
TR646.A-TR646.Z by country
TR647.A-TR647.Z Individual photographers
TR659 Architectural photography
TR660 Landscape photography
TR680-TR681 Portrait photography
TR820 Photojournalism & documentary