We have an online collection of research guides grouped around topics of interest, including: Environmental Design, Alternative Press, Books with Unusual Packaging, Fake News, Queer Studies, Transportation Systems, and more. Visit artcenter.libguides.com →
We've partnered with a number of content providers that supply electronic resources and databases of articles, e-books, images, video and more including AP Images, Art & Architecture Source, Artstor Digital Library, Car Design News, Ebook Central, Films Media Group, Gnomon Workshop, JSTOR, Material ConneXion, the New York Times, Science Direct, Stylus, the Vogue Archive, WGSN, and much more. Visit artcenter.libguides.com/az→ to see the entire list.
Course Reserves are library items selected by instructors tailored for a specific class. If you're a student, you can search by instructor or course name to find items your instructor assigned for your class. If you're a faculty member, please reference the Faculty Services page for help on how to place an item on reserve.
The Liaison Librarian Program is designed to deliver library services specifically tailored for your courses and department. As students at ArtCenter, you will have access to subject specialists in the Library who can help you with research for your course work. For help finding materials, please contact one of our friendly Liaison Librarians below to get started!
Humanities and Design Sciences, Integrated Studies, Photography and Imaging, Transportation Design
Entertainment Design, Fine Art, Illustration
Advertising, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Media Design Practices, Designmatters
Environmental Design, Film, Industrial Design, Product Design
A Liaison Librarian is available at the Research Help Desk at both campuses to assist students and faculty in locating content such as articles, books, e-books, and films and providing research assistance for class assignments and studio projects.
Hillside Campus Research Help Desk Hours
Mon – Thu: 11am – 6pm
Fri: by appointment
Sat – Sun: closed
South Campus Research Help Desk Hours
Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 6pm
Fri: by appointment
Sat – Sun: closed
We understand that your time is valuable and that there is little time in your day to travel from the ArtCenter campuses to get the library materials that you need. To lend a helping hand, the Library provides a courier service for faculty, students and staff to transfer items between both libraries.
Policies and Procedures
Browse our online catalog then click on the “Request” button either next to the item in a browse list or in the upper left corner of the item record. Set “Hillside or South Campus Holdshelf” as the pickup location. Five items can be requested at a time. Non-Circulating items can be requested but are View in Library Only. Items can be returned to the drop box or front desk at either library location. All items will be held for one week at either location after a request has been fulfilled. Any items not picked up after that time will be delivered back to its original location. See the 'Searching the Catalog' FAQ for more detailed instructions on requesting an item.
Please contact Robert Lundquist, Liaison Librarian and Access Coordinator, with any questions.
The ArtCenter Library welcomes all requests and recommendations for its collections. Requests will be reviewed by the Acquisitions Coordinator and the appropriate departmental Liaison Librarians as needed.
After checking to make sure the ArtCenter Library doesn't have the item, complete this form to the best of your knowledge.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a convenient way to request material not owned by the ArtCenter Library. This FREE service is available to current faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students including ArtCenter at Night and ArtCenter for Teens students. The ArtCenter library will contact other libraries to borrow books and copies of journal articles.
Plan ahead to allow enough time for ILL items to be shipped. Most books arrive in one to two weeks. Digital copies of journal articles typically arrive more quickly than books and media—often two to three days after the library has processed your request.
As an ILL borrower, it is your responsibility to comply with U.S. copyright laws. You are responsible for observing the conditions of the lending library which may restrict use of material to the library, or prohibit photocopying. You will be held responsible for any damage or loss incurred while borrowed material is in your possession
For further questions about ILL, contact Joe Abernethy, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator.
The ArtCenter Library has arranged for reciprocal borrowing privileges for students and faculty at two local college libraries.
To register for Caltech Library privileges, students and faculty must fill out the Caltech registration form at the ArtCenter Library circulation desk before bringing the completed form to the Caltech Library (Building 32, 1200 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125; phone: 626 395‑3405) to register. Search the library catalog here.
Occidental College Library
ArtCenter students and faculty may register for borrowing privileges at the Occidental College Library (1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041; phone: 323 259-2833). Students and faculty must present their valid ArtCenter ID card at the Occidental Library Circulation Desk. Search the library catalog here.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Fri – Sat: 9:30am – 5pm
Pasadena, CA 91105
Fri: 9:30am – 5pm
Sat – Sun: closed