UndergraduateGraduateContinuing EducationSpecial ProgramsAbout SVAStudent LifeAttend SVASVA Alumni


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

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 a Reference Librarian (Email: libraryclass@sva.edu)


Access To Library

Access to the Visual Arts Library is limited to current Students, Faculty, SVA administration and Alumni. 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 at the entrance. Alumni must present their Alumni card and valid Photo ID. Continuing Education students must present their current course registration and a valid Photo ID.

Full-time Students, Faculty and SVA administration with a valid ID and current sticker have full borrowing privileges. Alumni and Continuing Education students must use all library materials in-house. In order to use a library Rare Book, DVD, CD, Audio Book, Headphone or Remote Controls in-house, Alumni and Continuing Education students must have their photo ID held at the Circulation Desk.

Visiting researchers must acquire a METRO pass from their college to gain access to the library.

Library Computer Technology

Library Computer Lab Circulation Policies

The library's computers, printers, copiers and scanners can be used on a first-come, first-served basis whenever the Library is open. The resources available are as follows:

  • Six Internet-only iMac computers and one printer (no charge for printing) seen above at the entrance to the library
  • In the Computer Lab:
    • 37 iMac computers running various Internet browsers, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud and Final Cut Pro.
    • 4 iMac computers additionally running Final Cut Pro
    • 3 tabloid-size flatbed scanners with slide scanning capability
    • 3 black & white printers - no charge for printing
    • 1 color printer/copier - $0.50 per page
    • 1 black & white copier - $0.10 per page
    • 1 ScannX Book scanner
  • Technology Assistants are available for assistance.
  • SVA wireless network can be accessed throughout the library.All iMacs are equipped with USB/Thunderbolt ports and Bluetooth technology (cables are not provided; equipment compatibility is not guaranteed)


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

  • Headphones
  • Scanner slide trays
  • Power strips
  • Memory card reader
  • Wacom tablet
  • MacBooks (with Adobe Design Cloud and Final Draft software installed
Reference and Instruction Services

Reference Desk
A professional librarian is available at the reference desk or on call:

Day(s) Hours
Mon - Thu 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 6pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 8pm


If you need research assistance and no one is at the reference desk, please ask for help at the circulation desk. Location: 380 Second Ave (corner of 22nd St) on the Second floor.

Tours and Class Instruction
At the beginning of each semester, the library offers general tours, open to all students. As part of the library instruction program, all students in introductory history of art, design, photography, and interior design classes participate in a comprehensive class session in the library that emphasizes basic research methods. Faculty members who wish to bring in their classes for specialized tours, which highlight either a subject area or specific kinds of sources, should contact the head of reference services to set up an appointment.

METRO Passes
The library is a member of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and can issue METRO referral cards. A METRO card is a librarian-to-librarian referral that allows a patron to gain limited access to collections that are usually closed to the public. In order for the library to refer a patron to another non-public library, the desired item must be unavailable from the Visual Arts Library or from any branch or research center of the New York Public Library. Some area libraries will only allow METRO card entry for a specific item, while others will allow subject-area access. Speak to the head of reference services regarding METRO referrals. 

The Visual Arts Library offers interlibrary loan and document delivery (via METRO). Some restrictions apply. Please read and fill out the ILL form completely and contact a reference librarian for processing of your request.

    Robert Lobe
Library Director

    Caitlin Kilgallen
Associate Library Director

    Zimra Panitz
Head of Technical Services

    Phoebe Stein
Digital Services Librarian

    Lorraine Gerety
Visual Resources Curator

    David Pemberton
Periodical/Reference Librarian

    Christopher Bussmann
Circulation Manager

    Mark Roussel
Circulation Manager

    Tamisha Anthony
Acquisitions/Administrative Manager

    Kelsey Gallagher
Administrative Assistant

    Seth Chang
Systems Administrator

    Eric Ingram
Managing Cataloging Technician

    Keisha Wilkerson
Cataloging Technician

    Tessa Morefield
Assistant Visual Resources Curator

    David Shuford


Deborah Tint
Evening/Weekend Librarian


Beth Kleber


Zachary Sachs
Archives Technology and Design Coordinator

Library Fines
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 here. Maximum overdue fine is $10.00 per item ($25.00 for Kindle). Fines of $20.00 or higher per account will result in a Library Transcript & Registration Hold.

A minimum payment of $2.00 is required. Access your library account through the Vision catalog to check your fine balance and make payments through HigherOne.

Please retain your confirmation e-mail receipt. Proof of payment is required at the Circulation Desk if you wish to immediately borrow items. Transcript Hold removals require at least one business day to process. If fines are a result of Lost or Damaged items, please contact a Circulation Manager before making a payment: (212) 592-2660 or circmanager@sva.edu

Screenshot of how to pay your fines
Library Drop Box - West Side

WHAT: Return your library items on west side of campus.

WHERE: 133 W. 21st St, in the lobby

The Visual Arts Library Dropbox is emptied once daily with a 24 hour turn-around before the items returned are removed from your account (48 hour turn-around on weekends). All items will be back-dated upon discharge to reflect the original return date with all relevant fines forgiven from your account. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact a Circulation Manager at 212-592-2660 or circmanager@sva.edu

Tweets from @svalibrary

Blog Feed

School of Visual Arts | 209 East 23 Street, NY, NY 10010-3994 | Tel: 212.592.2000 | Fax: 212.725.3587