Main Library 12pm - 8pm
Library West Closed

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. In addition, library collections provide inspiration, establish context and widen perspectives. Library instructional services have been developed to sharpen students’ critical thinking and provide basic tools for lifelong learning.

Since 1978 the SVA Library has been located at 380 Second Avenue in the Gramercy section of Manhattan. It is a comfortable, accessible and attractive space 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. Film studies instructors, students, and staff alike rub elbows while browsing the carefully curated collection of over 15,000 DVDs, Blu-rays, 16mm film prints, and film related books. 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 filmlibrary@sva.edu

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 satellite library space located on the lower level of 133 West 21st Street. This attractive and casual area features a selection of magazines, displays of new books, DVDs and video games, computers, comfortable seating, a group study area with wall mounted display, and a book scanner. Students can request circulating materials from the main library at 380 Second Avenue, which will be delivered to SVA Library West the next day. Reference consultation and library instruction will also be available in the space. SVA Library West is open during Fall and Spring semesters, Monday – Friday from 11am until 4pm.


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 ckilgallen@sva.edu 212.592.2663
Rebecca Clark | Associate Library Director
Rebecca Clark Associate Library Director rclark4@sva.edu 212.592.2944
Zimra Panitz | Head of Technical Services
Zimra Panitz Head of Technical Services zpanitz@sva.edu 212.592.2662
Phoebe Stein | Digital Services Librarian
Phoebe Stein Digital Services Librarian pstein2@sva.edu 212.592.2672
Lorraine Gerety | Visual Resources Curator
Lorraine Gerety Visual Resources Curator lgerety@sva.edu 212.592.2667
David Pemberton | Instruction/Periodicals Librarian
David Pemberton Instruction/Periodicals Librarian dpemberton@sva.edu 212.592.2664
Christopher Bussmann | Circulation Manager
Christopher Bussmann Circulation Manager cbussmann@sva.edu 212.592.2619
Mark Roussel | Circulation Manager
Mark Roussel Circulation Manager mroussel@sva.edu 212.592.2689
Kelsey Short | Administrative Manager
Kelsey Short Administrative Manager kshort@sva.edu 212-592-2676
Seth Chang | Library IT Administrator
Seth Chang Library IT Administrator schang@sva.edu 212.592.2690
Eric Ingram | Managing Cataloging Technician
Eric Ingram Managing Cataloging Technician eingram@sva.edu 212.592.2665
Keisha Wilkerson | Cataloging Technician
Keisha Wilkerson Cataloging Technician kwilkersongammage@sva.edu 212.592.2670
Tessa Morefield | Assistant Visual Resources Curator
Tessa Morefield Assistant Visual Resources Curator tmorefield@sva.edu 212.592.2666
David Shuford | Cataloger
David Shuford Cataloger dshuford@sva.edu 212.592.2630
Kelsey Gallagher | Aquisitions Technician
Kelsey Gallagher Aquisitions Technician kgallagher1@sva.edu 212.592.2671
Weekend/Evening Librarian
Barbara Calderón-Douglass Weekend/Evening Librarian bdouglass@sva.edu 212.592.2660
Beth Kleber | Archivist
Beth Kleber Archivist bkleber@sva.edu 212.592.2636
Lawrence Giffin | Assistant Archivist
Lawrence Giffin Assistant Archivist jgiffin@sva.edu 212.592.2615

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.

Copy/Scan/Print

Copy/Scan/Print

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

Go to Computer Lab
Copy/Scan/Print

Copy/Scan/Print

SVA’s faculty is invited to scan, copy, and print free of charge in the The Visual Resource Center (VRC) within the library.
Available for use during regular library hours, inquire at the circulation desk.

Reserves

Reserves

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

Bring your class into the library or schedule a librarian to come to your smart classroom for a general or specialized class tailored to class assignments.

Contact your Library Liaison
Liaisons

Liaisons

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.

Go to Library Liaison
Holds

Holds

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 to your library liaison

Go to Library Liaison
Group study

Group study

Reserve our Group Study Room for up to 6 people. Inquire at the circulation desk or book through Google Calendar.

Reserves

Reserves

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

Search Reserves

Main Library Hours

Hours Mon-Thu Fri Sat Sun
Fall & Spring 8:30am - 10pm 8:30am - 7:30pm 12 - 5:30pm 12 - 8pm
Summer 9am - 7pm 9am - 4pm closed closed

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. In addition, library collections provide inspiration, establish context and widen perspectives. Library instructional services have been developed to sharpen students’ critical thinking and provide basic tools for lifelong learning.

Since 1978 the SVA Library has been located at 380 Second Avenue in the Gramercy section of Manhattan. It is a comfortable, accessible and attractive space 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. Film studies instructors, students, and staff alike rub elbows while browsing the carefully curated collection of over 15,000 DVDs, Blu-rays, 16mm film prints, and film related books. 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 filmlibrary@sva.edu

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 satellite library space located on the lower level of 133 West 21st Street. This attractive and casual area features a selection of magazines, displays of new books, DVDs and video games, computers, comfortable seating, a group study area with wall mounted display, and a book scanner. Students can request circulating materials from the main library at 380 Second Avenue, which will be delivered to SVA Library West the next day. Reference consultation and library instruction will also be available in the space. SVA Library West is open 40 hours per week: Monday – Friday from 12noon until 8pm.


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

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.

Pay my fines

Check your fines balance first by logging into Vision, 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. Non-Circulating Materials
  3. Lost & Damaged Materials
  4. Limitations on Library Privileges
  5. Overdue Fees
  6. Renewing
  7. Reserves
  8. Security
  • Loaning Information

    Item Check-out Time Max Renewable Overdue Fees / Day
    Books 3 weeks 50 acct Yes $ 0.20
    Exhibition Catalogs 3 weeks 15 Yes $ 0.20
    Pictures 3 weeks 10 Subj./50 acct Yes $ 0.20
    Film Scripts 3 weeks 15 Yes $ 0.20
    DVD/Blu-Ray 1 week 15 acct Yes $ 1.00
    Music CD 1 week 15 acct Yes $ 1.00
    Xbox/PS3/Wii games 1 weeks 3 Yes $ 1.00
    Interlibrary loan items Varies 50 acct Yes $ 1.00

    Computer Lab Equipment
    Available for In-Library use
    Check-out Time Max Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Headphones 3 hours 1 Yes $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Scanner Slide Trays 3 hours 1 Yes $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Power Strip 3 hours 1 Yes $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Memory Card Reader 3 hours 1 Yes $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Wacom Tablet & parts 3 hours 1 Yes $ 5.00 per hour/per item
    MacBook & Power Supply 3 hours 1 Yes $ 10.00 per hour/per item
    Blu-Ray/DVD Remotes 3 hours 1 Yes $ 5.00 per hour/per item
  • Non-Circulating Materials

    Reference books, rare books, periodicals (magazines), reserve materials, non-circulating DVDs, BluRay, & MFA theses are available for two-hour in-library use only. Computer equipment including laptops, Wacom tablets, and headphones are available for in-library use from the Computer Lab. See the chart below for loaning information.

    Item Check-out Time Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Rare Books 2 hours 1 time $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve Books 2 hours 1 time $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve DVDs 2 hours 1 time $ 1.00 per hour/per item

    Computer Lab Equipment
    Available for In-Library use
    Check-out Time Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Headphones 3 hours 1 time $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Scanner Slide Trays 3 hours 1 time $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Power Strip 3 hours 1 time $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Memory Card Reader 3 hours 1 time $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Wacom Tablet & parts 3 hours 1 time (2 hours) $ 5.00 per hour/per item
    MacBook & Power Supply 3 hours 1 time (2 hours) $ 10.00 per hour/per item
    Blu-Ray/DVD Remotes 3 hours 1 time $ 5.00 per hour/per item
  • 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.

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

    [Note: Items overdue by three months automatically lapse into 'Lost' status and the Library has the right to replace these items and bill the patron.]

  • Limitations on Library Privileges

    Patrons with fines of $20 and over, or with unresolved library issues, cannot check materials out, register, graduate, get grades or transcripts.

  • Overdue Fees

    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. Fees are automatically billed to your library account when materials are returned, and accrue for each day overdue as outlined in 'Loaning Information'. Max overdue fine is $10.00 per item.

  • Renewing

    In VISION, the library catalog, click on “My Account” 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.

  • 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

    Books

    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
  • Visit The VRC Collection

    E-Resources

    The SVA Library has nearly 40 image and article databases, including our e-book collection that has over 150,000 titles across a broad range of academic topics, and specialized resources including the Underground Comix Database, The Vogue Archive, Kanopy streaming films and documentaries, Art and Architecture Streaming videos from Alexander Street Press, and Mango Languages, which provides interactive, multi-media modules for learning over 60 languages.

    Search the Collection
  • Visit The Periodicals Collection

    Periodicals

    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

    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

    Comics

    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, MDID (Madison Digital Image Database), 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 collection
  • 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 1250 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 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 Music CDs Collection

    Games

    The library has Wii and Wii U, XBOX 360 and XBOX One, PS3 and PS4 games available for check out. Gaming consoles not available.

    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 more than 700 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

    Reference

    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 VRC 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

    CDs

    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