Thanksgiving Holiday Hours 2015

The SVA Library will close for the Thanksgiving Holiday this Wednesday, 11/25 at 1pm, and remain closed through the weekend. We will reopen Monday morning, 11/30, at 8:30am.

Please note that no fines for overdue items will accrue over the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!


You’re Invited: “I Mustache You to Read this Book”

In celebration of No Shave November, join VASA this Wednesday, November 18th at 12pm in the SVA Library to enjoy tea and coffee, while having your picture taken with beards and mustaches!

Post your photos to Instagram, and use the hashtag #VASAstache to publish your photos to the Library website – the top 3 most liked photos will win gift cards to the Strand:

1st prize: $25
2nd prize: $20
3rd prize: $15


SVA Library Book Sale, Nov. 18-20


Booksale Nov 2015 (1)

SVA students, faculty, and staff are invited to the SVA Library’s Fall Book Sale, taking place in the library from 10am-6pm on Wednesday, November 18th through Friday, November 20th, 2015.

We’ll be selling a wide range of books on art, design, criticism, and more. All books for sale will be under $20; payment by credit card only.

End of Semester Crunch? Librarians to the Rescue!

With approximately 6 weeks left in the semester, students are faculty are likely starting to feel the crunch of final projects and papers. Never fear, for your librarians are here to help!


Looking for image references? Can’t find many resources on a particular artist? Don’t know where to look for information, articles, or images? The librarians at the SVA Library know the answers to these questions, and more! A librarian can help to focus your research question, find that obscure image you’re looking for, and give an overview of the breadth of resources available to SVA students, faculty, and staff.

Did you know that we subscribe to ~40 databases, containing scholarly works, ebooks, articles, hi-res images, and more? Find them all here! Our e-resources are available anywhere with your MySVA login credentials. Want an overview of subject resources? Check out our LibGuides – subject guides tailored to specific subjects and areas of study at SVA. Just looking for a DVD to watch this weekend? Find it in our catalog.

If you have an information need, whether it’s a basic question about a book we might have, or more in-depth research that utilizes our databases and image resources, ask a librarian! We’re available in-person at the Main Library and Library West, or via phone, email and chat.

Your information gurus are standing by.

Main Library:
380 2nd Ave, 2nd Floor

Library West:
133 W 21st St., Lower Level


Trial Databases: Women’s Wear Daily & Women’s Magazine Archive

The SVA Library has just begun trial access to the Women’s Wear Daily Archive and the Women’s Magazine Archive from Proquest’s Fashion Studies package. These trials will be active through the end of the year, and can be accessed from our A-Z Databases page.

About Women’s Wear Daily:

A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included, with searchable text and indexing. The Women’s Wear Daily Archive preserves one of the fashion industry’s most influential reads. Key moments in the history of the industry, as well as major designers, brands, retailers and advertisers are all covered in this publication of record.

About Women’s Magazine Archive:

An archival research resource comprising the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer magazines. Titles are scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color and feature detailed article-level indexing. Coverage ranges from the late-19th century through to 2005 and these key primary sources permit the examination of the events, trends, and attitudes of this period. Among the research fields served by this material are gender studies, social history, economics/marketing, media, fashion, politics, and popular culture. Titles in this database include Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, and Ladies’ Home Journal.

Got a question about these trials? Ask Us!

SVA Library’s New Website

The SVA Library is excited to announce that we have just launched a brand new, redesigned website! It is linked from the library’s page on the college website (, and can be accessed directly at

new library website

The new website features a completely updated design, with illustrations by SVA alumnus, Donica Ida. Information about library collections, services, and spaces is easily accessible via the main header links and the four animated buttons beneath the search box. The focus on the new site is, of course, the search box itself. It is the discovery portal to all of the physical items in the library, as well as most of our subscription databases. Performing a search in the “Everything” tab will return results from our local Vision catalog as well as most of our databases; searches from the “Catalog” tab return results only from our local catalog, i.e. items that are physically held in the library.

Our new customized search results interface features a “Bento Box” display, with results categorized by item type. The first 5 results in each category are displayed; clicking “More Books,” “More Magazines,” etc., from the bottom of each box brings you to a complete, filtered list of all results for your search in that category.

search results

To access individual databases, click on the Databases button from the homepage; this will bring you to our A-Z list:

databases button

We hope you will find the new site friendly and easy to use. If you have questions about the new site, don’t hesitate to Ask Us.

Please send us your feedback at

Library Renovations Oct. 12-15

Exciting renovations are happening in SVA’s main library next week, October 12-15, 2015.  The tables pictured here, next to the north-facing windows, are being replaced with wired tables that have embedded electrical outlets and reading lights.


Before the new tables are installed, some electrical work will be required along this wall, to ensure that the new tables will be wired properly. During the electrical work and installation of the tables, this area will be off-limits for seating. Signs will be posted around the library, and patrons should expect some additional noise in this area. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Once the new tables are installed, visitors will be able to plug in phones and laptops right at the table, and turn on the reading lamps for a better studying experience.