Research Tools
Research Guides

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

Online Resources

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, Bloomsbury Design Library, Car Design News, Docuseek2, Ebook Central, Films Media Group, Flipster, JSTOR, Kanopy, Material ConneXion, the New York Times, O'Reilly Learning, OverDrive, Science Direct, Stylus, Swank, the Vogue Archive, WGSN, and much more. Visit→ to see the entire list.

Course Reserves

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.

Research Help

Liaison Librarians are available for Research Help online and at the Fogg Library 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. Click the Ask-a-Librarian chat icon at bottom of this page, drop by the Library, or better yet, schedule an appointment.

Hillside Campus Research Help Hours
Weeks 1 – 12
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am–5pm
Friday – Monday: closed

Request Pickup Service

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 pickup service for faculty, students and staff.

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 your pickup location with the drop-down menu. Ten 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 library drop boxes at either 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. Visit our FAQ for more detailed instructions on requesting an item.

Please contact Alfonso Huerta, Director, Access and Outreach, with any questions.

Request a Purchase

The ArtCenter Library welcomes all requests and recommendations for its collections. Requests will be reviewed by the Resource Acquisitions Librarian 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

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 Extension and ArtCenter for Teens students. The ArtCenter library will contact other libraries to borrow books, copies of journal/magazine articles, book chapters, theses, reports, etc.

Complete the appropriate form to request a book, article, etc.

Plan ahead to allow enough time for ILL items to be shipped. Most books arrive in one to two weeks. Digital copies of journal/magazine articles or book chapters 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, please refer to the Interlibrary Loan Research Guide.

Caltech & Occidental College Libraries

The ArtCenter Library has an arrangement for reciprocal privileges for students and faculty with two local college libraries.

Caltech Library
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
Building 43
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125

Link to Caltech Library Access Application
Link to Caltech Library Catalog

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

Fogg Library
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm
Fri - Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: closed
Archives & Special Collections
950 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Mon – Fri: 9am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: closed
South Campus hold pickup shelf available at 1111 Security