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Apparel, Textiles and Design: Locating Books

Resources available through the UI Library for researching textiles, apparel, the fashion industry, and clothing design.

Accessing Ebooks

Ebooks can be accessed through our library catalog. For more information about Ebooks, including how to download them, please visit our finding eBook guide.

Some ebook packages will require downloading Adobe Digital Editions (free computer download) or the Bluefire App (fire mobile phone app in the iTunes store or the Android Store). 

Floor Maps

To find library items

Take a look at our library floor maps

Search the Library Catalog

Tips for Searching the Library Catalog:

  • Choose the search scope by selecting either UI + Summit + Articles (all materials); UI + Summit (items owned by UI and member libraries); or UI Library Only (items owned only by the UI Library).   
  • Limiting your search: Start with a basic search and once you find a book that seems to be about your topic, you can use the format and/or other options located on the left to further narrow your search.
  • On the Advanced Search page, the year, language, and location (to name a few options) of items can be limited.
  • Subject headings can be a great way to narrow in on your topic.

Clothing, Textiles, and Design: Subject Structure

Books are located on the  2nd (T-Z), 3rd (H-S), and 4th (A-G) floors organized by the Library of Congress Classification system. Search for books using the library catalog.

Subject areas to browse

Subject Call #
Costume. Dress. Fashion GT500-2370
Entrepreneurship HB615-715
Textile Industries. Textile Fibers HD9850-9939
Clothing/Apparel HD9940-9969
Promotions, Merchandising, Marketingl HF5410-5417.5
Retail Trade HF5429
Textile Arts NK8800-8999
Theatrical costume & costume design PN2067
Fashion photography TR679
Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring. TT410-695


How do I Request a Book?

  1. Locate your book by searching our library catalog
  2. To view availability, click on Find it, and then Request (if the item is not available in our library). 
  3. Enter your user id and password.
  4. Verify that your request is complete and submit
  5. You will be notified when your book has arrived

How do I Use Interlibrary Loan?

  1. Locate the book you would like to request using the library catalog.
  2. If the book is not available, or checked, click on Find it, and then Request.
  3. Enter your user name and password.
  4. Verify book request to make sure all necessary fields are complete, and submit.
  5. A record of the request should appear on your account page.