Main Library Closed
Library West Closed
Alert: Our main library at 380 2nd Ave. is open for contactless pickups and returns from 10am-3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The library will be closed December 23 - January 11 for Winter Break. Please request materials in advance through our catalog. Current students, faculty, and staff can reserve computers and workspace. Our Distance Learning Guide outlines resources & services available remotely. Contact us with any questions.

Library Hours


Mission Statement

The SVA Library is a major resource for art and design study, developed over the course of 60 years to foster the college’s intellectual and creative life. Its rich print and digital collections directly support SVA’s undergraduate and graduate curricula, and provide inspiration, establish context and widen perspectives. Library instructional services have been developed to sharpen students’ critical thinking and provide information literacy for lifelong learning.

Since 1978 the SVA Library has been located at 380 Second Avenue in the Gramercy section of Manhattan, and in 2018 the library’s first permanent branch, SVA Library West, was established to better serve our expanding campus. Both locations provide comfortable, accessible and attractive spaces on campus where the SVA community can relax, study and collaborate. A knowledgeable and responsive library staff is available to assist with collections and services.

Find us at 380 Second Ave, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10010 or call us at 212.592.2660


Mission Statement

Located on the 4th floor of SVA's main building, the SVA Film Library is a repository of cinematic history, with over 3,000 DVDs and Blu-rays. The collection is divided according to genre, with the exception of the Director's Wall, which is designed as a resource for film students eager to study and analyze the career arc of noteworthy directors. The library also serves as an archive for BFA Film and Animation alumni work, and staff work continuously to convert and preserve films stored using archaic formats.

Find us at 209 East 23rd St, Room 401, New York, NY 10010, call us at 212.592.2193 or email at


Mission Statement

The Curatorial Practice Library is a non-circulating library devoted to exhibitions, art history, and curatorial studies, along with a small number of contemporary art magazines and journals.

Find us at 132 West 21st Street 10th floor, New York, NY 10011 or call us at 212.592.2274


Mission Statement

SVA Library West is a branch library located on the lower level of 133 West 21st Street and is accessible by both stairs and elevator. The library features a specialized book collection, video and tabletop game collections, and a computer lab. The library also has a game room with gaming systems, two group study rooms, and a large casual lounge that doubles as an event space. Materials can be requested from the Main Library to be delivered to Library West; instructions are available here.

The lounge, group study rooms, and game room are accessible twenty-four-hours with your SVA ID. To access the collections and computer lab, check the schedule above for current hours.

Find us at 133 W 21st St, lower level, New York, NY 10011 or call us at 212.592.2810



SVA Library Staff

Caitlin Kilgallen |Library Director
Caitlin Kilgallen Library Director 212.592.2663
Rebecca Clark |Associate Library Director
Rebecca Clark Associate Library Director 212.592.2944
Zimra Panitz |Head of Technical Services
Zimra Panitz Head of Technical Services 212.592.2662
Phoebe Stein |Digital Services Librarian
Phoebe Stein Digital Services Librarian 212.592.2672
Lorraine Gerety |Visual Resources Curator
Lorraine Gerety Visual Resources Curator 212.592.2667
David Pemberton |Instruction/Periodicals Librarian
David Pemberton Instruction/Periodicals Librarian 212.592.2664
Circulation Manager
Vacant Circulation Manager

Mark Roussel |Circulation Manager
Mark Roussel Circulation Manager 212.592.2689
Kelsey Short |Administrative Manager
Kelsey Short Administrative Manager 212-592-2676
Seth Chang |Library IT Administrator
Seth Chang Library IT Administrator 212.592.2690
Eric Ingram |Managing Cataloging Technician
Eric Ingram Managing Cataloging Technician 212.592.2665
Keisha Wilkerson |Cataloging Technician
Keisha Wilkerson Cataloging Technician 212.592.2670
Shea'la Finch |West Side Librarian
Shea'la Finch West Side Librarian 212.592.2291
David Shuford |Cataloger
David Shuford Cataloger 212.592.2630
Preston Nelson |Acquisitions Technician
Preston Nelson Acquisitions Technician 212-592-2671
Barbara Calderón |Weekend/Evening Librarian
Barbara Calderón Weekend/Evening Librarian 212.592.2660
Beth Kleber |Archivist
Beth Kleber Archivist 212.592.2636
Lawrence Giffin |Assistant Archivist
Lawrence Giffin Assistant Archivist 212.592.2615
Evening West Side Librarian
Vacant Evening West Side Librarian

Ask-A-Librarian — Anything!

E-mail: Use our online form to ask a question.

Telephone: Call a Reference Librarian at 212.592.2660.

In person: Visit the Library during reference hours.

Appointment: Schedule a one-on-one session with your library liaison.



Make copies and print in color and black and white, scan using flatbed scanners or the ScannX book scanner.

Go to Computer Lab
Visual Resources Center

Visual Resources Center

The VRC offers a variety of services for SVA's faculty, including support for our online collection of images, SVA Image Library (formerly MDID), and Artstor. We provide information on scanning/storing images, developing classroom lectures, and welcome requests for specific artists/artworks to be added to the SVA Image Library database. We also supply a quiet space with workstations for Internet access, scanners and a photocopier.

Go to VRC


Reserve items are course materials kept behind the Circulation Desk for a semester to ensure that everyone in your class has access.

Go to Reserve Form
Schedule a Library Instruction Class

Schedule a Library Instruction Class

Sign up for a class designed for Art History and Humanities classes, graduate programs, or creative and studio work.

Go to Library Instruction


To help foster relationships between the library and the community it serves, every academic department has a dedicated librarian. Contact your liaison for purchase requests, to suggest broader avenues for collection development, to request a library instruction class or research assistance, or anything else library related.

Go to Library Liaison
Request to purchase

Request to purchase

To ask that the library purchase an item use the request form or contact your library liaison.

Request a Purchase


Have books set aside to pickup at your convenience, sent to Library West, or place a hold to be the next person to check out an item.

Go to Library Catalogue
Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

To borrow items not in the SVA Library fill out the ILL form.

Fill out the ILL Form
Request to purchase

Request to purchase

If you would like the library to purchase an item use the request form or contact your library liaison.

Request a Purchase
Group study

Group study

Reserve our Group Study Room for up to 6 people. Inquire at the circulation desk, call us at 212-592-2660, or book through Google Calendar.

Booking Instructions


Reserve items are course materials kept behind the Circulation Desk for a semester to ensure that everyone in your class has access.

Search Reserves
Library West Event Registration Form

Library West Event Registration Form

The lounge at SVA Library West doubles as an event space that students, faculty, and staff can request to reserve.

Event Registration
Request for Digital Materials

Request for Digital Materials

Please use this form to request ebooks, book chapters, streaming video, or PDF articles for online courses.

Request Digital Materials
Pay my fines

Check your fines balance first by logging into Prism, then click through to pay your fines.


By borrowing items from the SVA Library you are agreeing to the following policy: To enter the library, full-time Students, Faculty and SVA administration must present a valid SVA ID and current semester sticker to the security officer. Alumni must present their Alumni card. Continuing Education students must present their current course registration. Alumni and CE students have on-site access only, and do not have borrowing privileges.

  1. Loaning Information
  2. Fines
  3. Renewing
  4. Reserves
  5. Collection Development
  6. Printing
  7. Security
  • Circulating Materials

    Item Check-out Time Max Renewable
    Books 3 weeks 50 acct Yes
    Exhibition Catalogs 3 weeks 15 Yes
    Pictures 3 weeks 10 Subj./50 acct Yes
    Film Scripts 3 weeks 15 Yes
    DVD/Blu-ray 1 week 15 acct Yes
    Music CD 1 week 15 acct Yes
    Xbox/PS3/Wii games 1 weeks 3 Yes
    Interlibrary loan items Varies 50 acct Yes

    Non-Circulating Materials

    Reference books, rare books, periodicals (magazines), reserve materials, non-circulating DVDs, Blu-rays, & theses are available for in-library use only.

    Item Check-out Time Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Rare Books 2 hours Yes $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve Books 2 hours Yes $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve DVD/Blu-ray 2 hours Yes $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Theses 2 hours Yes $ .20 per hour/per item

    Computer Lab Equipment

    Equipment including laptops, Wacom tablets, and headphones are available for in-library use from the Computer Lab.

    Item Check-out Time Max Renewable
    Headphones 3 hours 1 Yes
    Scanner Slide Trays 3 hours 1 Yes
    Power Strip 3 hours 1 Yes
    Memory Card Reader 3 hours 1 Yes
    Wacom Tablet & parts 3 hours 1 Yes
    MacBook & Power Supply 3 hours 1 Yes
    DVD/Blu-ray Remotes 3 hours 1 Yes
  • Fines

    Patrons with fines of $20 and over, or with unresolved library issues cannot check materials out, register for classes, graduate, get grades or transcripts. The library is not responsible for notifying borrowers of their overdue materials. Overdue notices are issued only as a courtesy via your SVA email account. Failure to receive reminders or overdue notices does not excuse borrowers from the responsibility of returning or renewing items on time to avoid penalties.


    Lost & Damaged Materials

    Patrons who return library materials with damage will be charged a ‘damaged item’ or ‘replacement and processing fee,’ based on the damage incurred. Items returned with post-its, page markers, or bent pages will be charged $2 per page. Items returned with underlining or writing will be charged $1-5 per page. Items returned with permanent damage, including water, paint, ink and cut and torn pages will need to be replaced at the borrower's expense. Items overdue by three months automatically lapse into 'Lost' status and the Library has the right to replace these items and bill the patron.

    Item Replacement Fee Processing Fee
    Books $ 60 $10
    Media $ 60 $10
    Pictures $ 2 $10 per folder
    Comics $ 60 $10
    Film scripts $ 60 $10
  • Renewing

    Login to Prism, the library catalog, to see your currently charged items, their due dates and your fines. You can renew items if they are not on hold for someone else, or if you do not have $20 or more in fines or outstanding lost items.

  • Reserves

    The Reserve Collection ensures that required readings for classes are always available to students. You can look them up by your instructor’s name, or by item, and bring the call number to the circulation desk. Reserves are available for two-hour in-library use.

  • Collection Development

    The SVA Library's Collection Development Policy provides an overall plan and specific guidelines for the development and management of the collections at the SVA Library. It seeks to make the best use of resources currently available and to clearly state the principles used for selecting and acquiring materials.

    SVA Library Collection Development Policy

  • Print & Scan

    There are printers and scanners in the Main Library Computer Lab and at Library West. Login with your SVA MyID credentials at any computer. When your desktop appears, you will see a small message window from Papercut, showing your account balance. You will need to add money to your account in order to print; do so by clicking Account Details.

    For all 1-sided B&W printing, the first 25 PAGES are free, and $0.05 per PAGE thereafter. For all double-sided B&W printing, the first 25 SIDES are free, and $0.05 per SIDE thereafter.

    All 1-sided color prints are $0.15 per page. All double-sided color prints are $0.10 per page.

    Main Library printers can print US Letter (8.5 x 11 inch) and Tabloid (11 x 17 inch) sizes on standard printer paper; Library West printers can print US Letter size only. You may not swap out paper for your own or paper.

    The Main Library Computer Lab has 3 flatbed scanners, 1 ScannX book scanner, and color and B&W printers; Library West has 1 ScannX book scanner, 1 B&W printer, and 1 Canon all-in-one color copier-printer.


    Alumni Printing

    Alumni must create a Papercut account in order to print at the SVA Libraries.

    To access Papercut, you must log in to the SVA network with MyID, SVA's single sign-on (SSO) and multi-factor authentication (MFA) system.

    Go to and log in with your SVA credentials. Follow the prompts to set up your account and configure the various MFA security factors. For additional detail, a step-by-step account setup guide is linked here and a step-by-step instructional video is available here.

    Once logged in to MyID, you can jump to Papercut from the dashboard and be signed-in automatically.

    Your SVA MyID credentials are the username and password you were given as a student, to login to your SVA email and other applications supported by the College. Your SVA MyID credentials remain active ad infinitum after you graduate and you can use them to log in to SVA supported apps.

    If you don't remember your SVA credentials or didn't have them as a student, send a request to the Alumni Affairs office by filling out this form. A staff person from SVA Alumni Affairs or Information Technology will contact you at the email address provided when your MyID credentials issue has been resolved. You can contact Alumni Affairs at or 212-592-2300.

    To print at the SVA Library, login with your credentials at any computer in the lab. When your desktop appears, you will see a small message window from Papercut, showing your account balance. You will need to add money to your account in order to print; do so by clicking Account Details.

  • Security

    A security guard, surveillance cameras and a detection gate are used to monitor the flow of materials in and out of the library. You must always carry your valid SVA ID with you and show it to the security guard. In addition, the SVA Library reserves the right to examine any backpack, bag, portfolio or other carrying device of anyone using the library. Any student found defacing, or attempting to steal, any library materials will risk the loss of library privileges and suspension from SVA.

SVA Library Collections

  • The Book collection


    Consists of over 80,000 titles, with a deep focus on art, design, photography and graphic novels. Our holdings continue to expand, guided in part by suggestions from students and faculty.

    Search the Collection
  • Use the databases collection


    The SVA Library subscribes to many image and article databases, an e-book collection with over 180,000 titles across a broad range of academic topics, and specialized resources including the Underground Comix Database, The Vogue Archive, Kanopy streaming films and documentaries, EAI Educational Streaming, Mango Languages, Colourbox stock images, Flipster digital magazines, and more.

    Go to Databases
  • Visit The Periodicals Collection


    With over 350 current subscriptions and over 700 historical runs of both mainstay titles in art, design, film, photography, and fashion, as well as lesser known international, artist run, and fringe titles, the SVA Library periodicals collection represents a rich lattice of support for all of the academic and artistic disciplines offered at SVA.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The DVDs Collection

    DVDs & Blu-rays

    From the Arthouse to the Grindhouse, our DVD & Blu-ray collection contains almost 10,000 titles, including feature films, documentaries, animation, concert and theater films, television series, and more.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Comics Collection


    The library has over 8,000 comic related items including Graphic Novels, Newspaper Comics reprints, Scholarly works on the study of comics, Magazines about comics and a broad selection of Manga. The SVA Underground & Mini Comics Collection has over 500 self published and larger print run underground comics. Additionally, we have a subscription to The Underground Comix database.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The VRC Collection

    Visual Resources Center

    The Visual Resources Collection is the central resource for images and imaging technologies used by instructors and students at the college for teaching and study purposes. The staff offers a variety of services to the SVA community, including maintenance of our online collection of images, as well as training and technical support for our local digital database, SVA Image Library, and subscription services such as Artstor. We provide information on scanning and storing images in addition to assistance in converting lectures based on analog images to digital images.

    Go to the VRC
  • Visit The Picture Collection

    Picture Collection

    This is a circulating, physical collection of images culled from all manner of print publications spanning more than 100 years. Containing over 200,000 images across 1,300 subjects, the Picture Collection is a unique resource that provides sweeping visual reference and insight into the history of culture via the medium of print.

    Go to Picture Collection
  • Visit The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives

    Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives

    Dedicated to preserving and making accessible design works of significant artistic, cultural, and historical value by preeminent designers, illustrators, and art directors who have close ties to the School of Visual Arts. The collections represent the artistic and intellectual vitality of the SVA community and provide an invaluable resource to students, designers, and researchers who wish to study the breadth of a designer's work.

    Go to Archive
  • Visit The School of Visual Arts Archives

    School of Visual Arts Archives

    Collects items that document the history of the School and provides source material for those who seek to evaluate the impact of the School’s activities on artistic, social, and cultural development. Among the media held by the Archives are posters, original art, publications and ephemera, photographs, and audio and video recordings.

    Go to Archive
  • Visit The Video Games Collection

    Video Games

    The library has Switch, Wii and Wii U, XBOX 360 and XBOX One, PS3 and PS4 games available for check out. Many gaming consoles are also available in the Game Room at Library West.

    Search the Collection
  • Tabletop games collection

    Tabletop Games

    The library collects board, card & dice, and role playing games that showcase exemplary illustration, design, and gaming mechanics. You can access this circulating collection at Library West.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Rare Book Collection

    Rare Books

    Primarily art, design, and photography, the rare collection is housed in cabinets with transparent doors, so that this extraordinary collection of 1,400 items can easily be browsed. Alongside the rare books are our collections of artist books, pop-up books, and rare periodicals.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Reinhold Brown Poster collection

    Reinhold Brown Poster collection

    The RBPC consists of almost 500 titles on the history of poster design, including many rare, out of print and hard to find titles. The collection was assembled over many years by Susan Reinhold and Robert Brown as reference to support the RB Gallery, the first in New York to specialize in rare 20th century poster art and graphic design. The collection includes a wealth of Art Nouveau and Art Deco material as well as important publications about the Modern poster movement in Poland.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Reference Collection


    In addition to the usual collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, almanacs, bibliographies and atlases, the SVA Library maintains a growing collection of design, illustration, typography, and photography annuals.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Film Script Collection

    Film Scripts

    The library has well over 1,000 unpublished shooting film scripts, which appear in various draft stages and sometimes include annotations from the writer. Our main book collection also has a large collection of commercially published scripts.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Music CDs Collection


    Our CD collection contains music from a variety of genres, include jazz, rock, hip-hop, folk, classical, and world; as well as various audio books and sound effects programs.

    Search the Collection