This site documents the Urban Books Collection of artists’ books in the Olin Library Special Collections
at Washington University.
The site is intended as a study resource for students in the Urban Books course, an interdisciplinary project combining urban theory, graphic design, and the production of artists’ books originally created and taught by Jana Harper and Zeuler R. Lima (until 2013) and currently taught by Zeuler R. Lima and Ken Botnick (since 2014).
The original collection of 91 books was purchased in 2004 at Printed Matter bookstore with support from an Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant from Washington University received by the original faculty team.
The goal of assembling this collection has been to provide study material for students in the class, which has has been taught since 2004. Since then, student final projects have been added to the collection, which now numbers over 150 books.