About
The ArtCenter College of Design Library offers a comprehensive collection of resources on art and design. In addition to providing both quiet spaces for students to work independently and areas for collaboration in groups, the ArtCenter Library also features extensive collections of books, magazines, videos as well as zines and video games. The Library also provides access to dozens of subscription online databases. A reference librarian and other trained staff are available for research assistance and online resource instruction to aid students in fulfilling their creative vision.
Checkout Policies

You need your ArtCenter ID, Alumni or Reciprocal Borrower card to check out books EVERY TIME! How many books and items you can check out depends on the kind of patron you are. Library materials can be renewed by logging into your account or by calling 626 396-2233.

Undergraduate
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal25 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapes3 days, 2 renewals5
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs3 days, 1 renewal2
Sound effect CDs1 day, 1 renewal8
Video games7 days, no renewals1
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourceson & off campus access
Graduate
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Magazines (back issues)14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Zines14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewals25 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapes3 days, 2 renewals5
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs3 days, 1 renewal2
Sound effect CDs1 day, 1 renewal8
Video games7 days, no renewals1
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
Faculty
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Magazines (back issues)14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Zines14 weeks, no renewals50 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal50 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapes7 days, no renewals12
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs3 days, 1 renewal2
Sound effect CDs1 day, 1 renewal8
Video games7 days, no renewals1
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
Alumni
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal6 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapesNo checkoutLibrary use only
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Sound effect CDsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Video gamesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn campus access
Staff
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal25 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal25 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapes3 days, 2 renewals5
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs3 days, 1 renewal2
Sound effect CDs1 day, 1 renewal8
Video games7 days, no renewals1
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
ACN
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal6 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapesNo checkoutLibrary use only
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs7 days, no renewals2
Sound effect CDsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Video gamesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
AC Teens
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal3 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal3 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal3 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal3 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapesNo checkoutLibrary use only
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Sound effect CDsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Video gamesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
Reciprocal Borrowers and Guests
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewalLibrary use only
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
DVDs/VHS tapesNo checkoutLibrary use only
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMsNo checkoutLibrary use only
Sound effect CDsNo checkoutLibrary use only
ImagesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Video gamesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn campus access
Guest Faculty and Staff
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ItemLoan PeriodCheckout Limit
Circulating books4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Magazines (back issues)4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Zines4 weeks, 1 renewal6 total
Reserve books2 hours, 1 renewal6 total
Reference booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Audio books4 weeks, 1 renewal3
DVDs/VHS tapes3 days, 2 renewals5
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs3 days, 1 renewal2
Sound effect CDs1 day, 1 renewal8
Video games7 days, no renewals1
Reference magazinesNo checkoutLibrary use only
Magazines (current)No checkoutLibrary use only
Special booksNo checkoutLibrary use only
Online resourcesOn & off campus access
Library Policies

When visiting the Library, please observe the rules and policies and be considerate of other library patrons.

Library Rules
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In consideration of your fellow classmates, please limit all conversations to school related matters in a low voice. The east side of the Fogg Library is for quiet study only. Groups working in collaboration can use the west side of the Fogg Library. The (Temporary) South Campus Library has very limited space and cannot provide student study space; however, there are tables in the Micro Market.

No cell phones, food, use of chalk, charcoal, glue, X-Acto knives, paints or inks are allowed in the library.

Only drinks with secure lids are allowed in the library.

Please put your trash in the trash can.

Internet Access
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The entire collection, including internet access, is open to all patrons. Library staff is not responsible for an individual’s selection of materials. Parents and legal guardians have the right and responsibility to restrict their children’s access to library materials. Parents and legal guardians should instruct their children on appropriate limits, and visit the library with their children if they are concerned about access. Disclaimer: the ArtCenter Library is an art library, containing materials that may be inappropriate for teenagers. Please note that the library does not have filtering software on its computers.

Overdue Fines
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The Library charges students overdue fines for materials that are not returned or renewed by their due date. Fees and fines for overdue materials have been intentionally set to encourage the timely return of these items. Users with unpaid fees and fines will be blocked from checking out and requesting library materials.

Item Fine
Books$0.25 per day
Audio Books$0.25 per day
Zines$0.25 per day
Magazines$0.25 per day
Board Games$0.25 per day
DVDs/VHS tapes$1.00 per day
CD-ROMs/DVD-ROMs$1.00 per day
Sound Effect CDs$1.00 per day
Video Games$1.00 per day
Reserve Books$1.00 per hour
Supplies & Accessories$1.00 per hour
Electronic Devices$1.00 per hour
Blu-ray Drives$1.00 per hour
Special Books$2.00 per hour (Library use only)

Once an item is five days overdue, it is considered lost. All patrons will be charged the replacement cost for the lost item, and a hold will be placed on their library account. Students who do not return their materials by their due dates will also have a hold placed on their Inside account.

Lost Books
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When an item a patron believes they have returned is still showing on their account, a claims returned search process is initiated. We will check the shelves to see if the item is here in the library. If the item isn’t located, we will search for the item six times over a period of three months. During this time, the item will stay on the patron record and notices will continue to be sent. We ask that the patron also check their car, locker, home, etc. as well as with their friends for the item.

If the item is located in the library during the six searches, we will remove it from the patron record and any blocks and/or fees will be removed. If we can’t find the item after six searches, the book is considered lost. The patron will be responsible for the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee. Replacement fees reflect the actual or average cost of replacing particular items. The patron will be notified by phone or email to resolve the matter. If the patron finds they do have the item and returns it within the search period, the patron will be responsible for any overdue charges incurred after the due date of the item. If the patron pays for the item as a lost book and finds the item after paying the fine, the replacement fee will be refunded, but not the processing fee.

All library fees and fines are used to buy new material for the library.

Alumni Library Privileges
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All ArtCenter alumni can visit and use the library resources on site during library hours.

All local ArtCenter alumni (local is defined as living in Los Angeles County or in an adjacent county, with proof of local residence such as a driver's license or utility bill) have access to borrowing privileges for up to six items from the ArtCenter library book and periodical collections free of charge by obtaining an alumni library card. Alumni includes persons who have received a degree from ArtCenter or completed at least three terms in good standing and have withdrawn from the college after a year's absence. The alumni card must be renewed annually according to the steps listed below. Your expiration date is indicated in the orange dot on the back of your library card.

To determine if a resource is available in advance of driving to campus, you can search the ArtCenter library book and periodical collections from the home page.

Please do your part to help us continue extending this privilege free of charge to alumni by returning all items on time and in their original condition. If items are not returned on time, borrowing privileges are suspended until the borrower has returned late items and paid the corresponding fines. If significant abuse of this policy is identified, it will have to be discontinued or a fee will be required to offset library losses.

To Obtain/Renew an Alumni Library Card by Mail or in Person

Send an email with your first and last name to alumnilibrarycard@artcenter.edu, call Alumni Relations 626 396-2305, or visit the Alumni Relations Office in person during regular office hours. The office is located at ArtCenter's South Campus on 1111 South Arroyo Parkway on the 4th floor. If you would like to pick up your library card in person after office hours, please indicate this by email or over the phone and arrangements will be made to leave your card with the the Library's Circulation Desk. Photo identity will be required when using or picking up your new library card.

You must have a clear borrowing record (no missing books or existing fines) to be able to obtain or renew your alumni library card. If you have existing fines, we will notify you of the amount due and will require a clearance of this issue before mailing or providing a library card. If you need to place a claims returned dispute regarding a lost item you believe you returned, we can assist with this matter, or you can fill out the claims returned form in the library in person.

Once you have met the requirements listed above, we will mail you your library card with first class postage within 2-3 business days or provide the card in person at the Alumni Relations office during office hours, and at the Library's Circulation Desk by advance arrangement after hours.

Students on Leave of Absence
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Students who have completed three terms in good standing, and are on an official leave of absence from the college with an intent to return the following term, may register for borrowing privileges provided that they live in Los Angeles County or an adjacent county. Their Library account must be clear with all books returned and fines cleared. Undergrads on leave may borrow up to six items for four weeks with one renewal. Graduates on leave may borrow up to 10 items for the entire term with no renewals. Standard fine policies apply.

Filming in the Library
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Students who would like to film in the library must fill-out and submit a request form. While filming in the library, please adhere to all guidelines.

Rules and Responsibilities

No heavy equipment is to be set on the glass tables. If glass is damaged or broken, the student is responsible for replacing the glass.

No heavy equipment is to be set on display cases. If glass is damaged or broken, the student is responsible for replacing the glass.

If large tables are to be moved, do not drag tables across the floor, as this causes damage to the bases. Tables must be picked up and moved.

Barcelona chairs (black leather chairs) are not to be removed from the library. If rearranging Barcelona chairs, pick them up by the steel legs only. If leather is damaged, the student is responsible for all repairs.

All tables and fixtures must be returned to their original location after filming.

The student is responsible for arranging additional crew members as the library staff can not assist with filming.

A library staff member must be present when the library is open while filming is in progress.

When the library is closed, a security guard is to accompany the student in the library at all times during shooting. Prior arrangements must be made with the head of security at 626 396-2299.

In-Kind Donations
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Thank you for your interest and support of the ArtCenter Library. Due to a growing lack of space, we are currently unable to accept in-kind donations of library materials. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to accepting in-kind donations in the future. If you would like to make a monetary donation to the ArtCenter Library or to ArtCenter College of Design, please visit the Art Center’s online donation form.

Please note, the moratorium excludes the ArtCenter Archives. To inquire about making a donation to the ArtCenter Archives, please contact College Archivist, Robert Dirig at robert.dirig@artcenter.edu or 626 396-2208.

For questions about the moratorium, please contact the College Librarian, Mario Ascencio, at mario.ascencio@artcenter.edu or 626 396-2231.

Front Desk: 626 396-2233
Research Help: 626 396-4272
Email: library@artcenter.edu

Fogg Library
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Mon – Thu: 9am – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 9:30am – 5pm
Sun: closed
(Temporary) South Campus Library
950 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 7pm
Fri: 9:30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: closed