The Southern Alberta Art Gallery Library holds an extensive collection of contemporary Canadian and international exhibition catalogues spanning from the late 1960s to the present. The main focus is on Canadian publications, however there is a good representation of international publications as well. In many cases, the exhibition catalogues available at the SAAG are not easy to find elsewhere - not even at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. In addition, there is a wide selection of books for readers who have a general interest in art. For example, books of photographs by Roloff Beny, who was born in Medicine Hat and maintained a studio in Lethbridge, are well represented. The Library also maintains a very good collection of current art periodicals so the interested reader can easily stay up-to-date on the Canadian and international art scenes.

You can easily access and browse the SAAG catalogue through the University of Lethbridge website.The SAAG catalogue, while maintained under the university's auspices, is not integrated with the University of Lethbridge's library collection. This means that, if you do a search of the University catalogue and repeat it in the SAAG catalogue, you will often find additional resources at the SAAG. So it is useful to do both.

SAAG has a wonderful collection of documentaries on art, architecture and more, as well as interviews and lectures with artists. Feel free to sit back and relax as you enjoy the SAAG Library's video collection.

Before you start your research it it important to understand how the Library is organized. There are five main sections: solo artist exhibitions (SAAGEXH ARTIST), group exhibitions (SAAGEXH GALLERY), art books and monographs (SAAG-MON), videos (SAAGMED) and periodicals and journals (SAAGSER). Within each category, the documents are arranged alphabetically on our shelves. If you need any help, ask at the Front Desk and we will be glad to assist you.

Read art books, browse through current art periodicals, research essays and papers, watch a video from the SAAG media collection, or just hang out! It's fine to bring your bagged lunch or simply enjoy the panorama of the Galt Gardens from the Library's picture windows overlooking the park.  

Everyone is welcome to read and utilize the materials of the SAAG Library, within the gallery. Please note SAAG does not lend or loan its materials.

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