Welcome! The Library staff looks forward to supporting you in your teaching, research and professional practices by providing personalized services designed to meet your course and class objectives.
Take a welcome tour of the Library. Please contact Rachel Julius, Liason Librarian and Instruction Coordinator, for more information.
Borrowing Library Materials
You may borrow library material as soon as the term begins! This includes access to the Library's Online Resources. All you need is your ArtCenter faculty ID card. If you have not received your card, please visit the Enrollment Office. They will issue one to you on the spot.
You can find more information about our Request Pickup Service, Course Reserves, Liaison Librarian Program, Reciprocal Borrowing privileges, and additional services below and learn why faculty love the Library.
Electronic reserves including ebooks, ejournal articles, and streaming media are recommended for all courses, especially online, hyflex and hybrid courses. For in-person classes or where electronic versions are not available, books, magazines, DVDs, and other items for your students can be reserved for viewing using the Library's Course Reserves.
How to Place an Item on Reserve
Complete this form to request Print Reserves for the Library's Front Desk. The Director of Access and Outreach will process your request and contact you with further instructions.
What Can Be Placed on Reserve
Materials owned by the ArtCenter Library, as well as personal copies of books, DVDs, and other material. If we don't own a specific title, please allow an additional two to three weeks for the Library to locate, purchase, receive, and catalog the material. Course Reserve materials must be "required reading" or "required viewing." Unfortunately, we are unable to place "suggested reading" and "suggested viewing" materials on Course Reserve.
Course Reserve materials must be required for the entire class. Library materials may not be placed on Course Reserve in perpetuity. All Course Reserve materials will be removed at the end of the term to comply with copyright law. Faculty may request for materials to be placed on Course Reserve on a term-by-term basis.
In order to better assist your students, please include the course syllabus with your request.
For any questions about Course Reserves, contact Alfonso Huerta.
ArtCenter librarians and reference staff provide customized in-person and online instruction for classes, individuals, or groups. Learn how your librarian can become more deeply involved in your course to provide semester-long support, assist with research assignment development, skills assessment, research readiness as well as the following services: assist you in locating content such as articles, books, book chapters, e-books and films that support your course needs; direct you to library services that may be useful, such as Course Reserves; create library Research Guides that meet the needs of students in your course; provide in-person and online instruction to your students about specific library services or resources; and engage in inter-departmental outreach efforts.
As members of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), ArtCenter faculty can request reciprocal faculty borrowing privileges from participating academic research libraries. Please contact Alfonso Huerta, Director, Access and Outreach, to apply for the SCELC Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
The ArtCenter Library has an arrangement for reciprocal privileges for students and faculty with two local college libraries.
ArtCenter students, staff and faculty may register here for visiting and borrowing privileges at the Caltech Library. Please allow a few days for the application to process, and wait for a confirmation email before visiting the Caltech Library.
When visiting the Caltech Library, check in with your ArtCenter ID at the Service Desk of the Sherman Fairchild Library location. ArtCenter users may borrow up to 4 books items for a maximum of 4 weeks. Search the library catalog here.
Sherman Fairchild Library
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
Occidental College Library
ArtCenter students and faculty may register for visiting and borrowing privileges in person at the Occidental College Library. When visiting the Occidental Library, check in with your ArtCenter ID card at the Occidental Library Circulation Desk. Search the library catalog here.
Mary Norton Clapp Library
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Link to Occidental Library catalog
The Library offers digitization services, bringing essential course material to your students in convenient and secure digital formats. Complete the forms below to get started, or contact Christina Eilar to find out how the Library can assist you with your digitization needs.
The Library's Digital Collections Lab (DCL) can help digitize images from books or magazines (up to 12 x 17 inches max) for your course(s), giving you the option to share high-resolution images with your students. To request images for inclusion in the ArtCenter Visual Resource image repository in LUNA, submit a completed Image Request Form. Image request turnaround time is 2 weeks or less for up to 40 images per request.
Image Request Form
To request the creation of a PDF of a chapter, article or short excerpt for the Library's E-Reserves or an ArtCenter Canvas course complete a PDF Request Form. Turnaround time for PDF requests is 1 week or less.
PDF Request Form
Pasadena, CA 91103
Fri - Sat : 10am – 5pm
Sun : closed
Pasadena, CA 91105
Sat – Sun: closed
South Campus hold pickup shelf available at 1111 Lobby