Guide to Library Research Brief and useful tutorials from Indiana University that cover such topics as Library Terms & Research Concepts, Selecting Search Terms, Evaluation Information Sources and Writing & Citing.
Reference Desk A professional librarian is available at the reference desk:
Monday - Thursday
10am - 8pm
9 am - 6 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
2 pm - 6 pm
Location: 380 Second Ave (corner of 22nd St) on the Second floor.
If you need research assistance and no one is at the reference desk, please ask for help at the circulation desk.
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.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN 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.
For assistance with research or using library services, contact a reference librarian via Ask a Librarian.