Main Library 8:30am - 10pm
Library West 11am - 5pm

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. 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, 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 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.

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 regular business hours.

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

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
Barbara Calderón-Douglass | 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 lgiffin@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
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
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

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

Go to Library Instruction
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
Curriculum Builder

Curriculum Builder

Curriculum Builder is a Canvas module that allows faculty to create course reading lists from the Library's OneSearch database without leaving Canvas.

Learn More
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, CE students, SVA Vendors, Housing Residents, and temporary staff have on-site access only, and do not have borrowing privileges. SVA special program Fellows & Visiting Scholars should speak to a Circulation Manager or the Associate Director for Library access and borrowing privileges.

  1. Loaning Information
  2. Non-Circulating Materials
  3. Lost & Damaged Fees
  4. Limitations on Library Privileges
  5. Renewing
  6. Reserves
  7. Security
  • Loaning Information

    Item Check-out Time Max / Account Renewable
    Books 3 weeks 50 Yes, twice
    Exhibition Catalogs 3 weeks 15 Yes, twice
    Pictures 3 weeks 10 Subj./50 total Yes, twice
    Film Scripts 3 weeks 15 Yes, twice
    DVD/Blu-Ray 1 week 15 Yes, twice
    Music CD 1 week 15 Yes, twice
    Xbox / PS3 / PS4 / Wii Games 1 weeks 3 Yes, twice
    Tabletop Games 1 week 2 Yes, once
    Interlibrary loan items Varies 50 Yes, varies
    Blu-Ray Player 1 Week 1 No
     

    Items that are thirty days or more overdue lapse into Lost status and are subject to fines. See Lost & Damaged Fees for more details.

     
    Computer Lab Equipment
    Available for In-Library use
    Check-out Time Max / Account Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Headphones 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Scanner Slide Trays 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Power Strip 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Memory Card Reader 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Wacom Tablet & parts 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 5.00 per hour/per item
    MacBook & Power Supply 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 10.00 per hour/per item
    Blu-Ray/DVD Remotes 3 hours 1 Yes, once $ 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 Yes, once $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve Books 2 hours Yes, once $ .20 per hour/per item
    Reserve DVDs 2 hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Theses 2 Hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
     
    Computer Lab Equipment
    Available for In-Library use
    Check-out Time Renewable Overdue Fees / Hour
    Headphones 3 hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Scanner Slide Trays 3 hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Power Strip 3 hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Memory Card Reader 3 hours Yes, once $ 1.00 per hour/per item
    Wacom Tablet & parts 3 hours Yes, once $ 5.00 per hour/per item
    MacBook & Power Supply 3 hours Yes, once $ 10.00 per hour/per item
    Blu-Ray/DVD Remotes 3 hours Yes, once $ 5.00 per hour/per item
  • Lost & Damaged Fees

    Patrons who return library materials with damage will be charged a ‘damaged item’ 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, or cut and torn pages will need to be replaced at the borrower's expense.

    Items overdue by thirty days or more automatically lapse into Lost status. Lost items incur a $60 replacement fee and $10 processing fee. Patrons may replace these items themselves and have the fees waived, provided the replacement copy arrives within six months of the lost status occurrence. Otherwise, the Library reserves the right to bill the patrons the full fee total.

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

  • 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. Library books, DVDs and video games you have checked out can be renewed twice. Books checkout for 3 weeks, and can be renewed two times for additional 3 week checkout periods. DVDs and games check out for 1 week, and can be renewed twice for additional 1 week checkout periods.

  • 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.

Computer Lab

SVA Computer Lab assets

In the Computer Lab:

  • 41 iMac computers running various Internet browsers, Apple Pages, Keynote, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro, and Maya
  • 4 Cintiqs
  • 3 tabloid-size flatbed scanners
  • 1 book scanner
  • 2 black & white printers - no charge for printing
  • 1 color printer/copier - $0.25 per page
  • Technology assistants are available to help
SVA Computer Lab assets

The following equipment may be borrowed (with a valid SVA ID card) for use within the library:

  • Headphones
  • Memory card reader
  • Wacom tablet
  • MacBooks (with Adobe Creative Cloud installed)