Memorial Day Hours 2015

The SVA Library will be closing at 1pm this Friday, May 22nd, 2015 and will be closed through Monday, May 25th for the Memorial Day holiday. The library will reopen Tuesday, May 26th at 9am.

Our regular summer hours are:
Mon-Thu 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 4pm


Memorial Day Flyer

New Pop-up Books – Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more

We’ve just acquired some great new pop-up books at the library, and we’re excited to share them. Each of these books is currently featured in the New Books display and is available for check out. We have non-circulating copies in our rare books case as well, so these bad boys can be seen at any time.


got coverGame of Thrones: a pop-up guide to Westeros, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7 .R2768 Ga 2014



starwars cover 2Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2767 Sta 2007



starwars cover 1Star Wars: a galactic pop-up adventure, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2768 St 2012



peterpan coverPeter Pan : a pop-up adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s original tale, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Pe 2008



alice coverAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Al 2003



fairies coverFairies and Magical Creatures, by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda / PZ7 .R2768 Fa 2008




A few library staff members had some fun setting the books up in front of our New Books display. Take a look at the videos on our Instagram feed @svalibrary


Intellect Design Week – free journals access

intellect logoIn celebration of Intellect Design Week, the academic publisher is now offering free online access to the following journal titles:


International Journal of Islamic Architecture 3.1

 This journal is intended for those interested in urban design and planning, architecture, and landscape design in the historic Islamic world, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions. Articles in this issue include Farshid Emami’s analysis of the planning of a new urban centre of Tehran, Saima Akhtar’s discussion of architecture as collection exploring Doris Dukes’ collection of Islamic art objects and Nader Ardalan’s essay examining the move towards sustainable urbanism in the Persian Gulf.

Download free issue


Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education 13.1

 Focusing on arts and media-based subjects, and encompassing all areas of higher education, this journal reveals the potential value of new educational styles and creative teaching methods. This free issue includes Nicholas Houghton’s case study of two pioneering art schools, Marek Wasilewski’s analysis of arts education in Poland and Dean Hughes’s research article looking to provide an alternate account of creative pedagogy to the predominant view.

Download free articles


Book 2.0 4.1&2 

 Book 2.0 publishes articles and reviews on developments in book creation and design. Selected articles from this double issue are available to download free of charge including Pavel Kat’s article exploring digital publishing as the great leveller, Alan Macfarlane’s examination of the multimedia book and Bernard Robin and Sara McNeil’s article discussing the benefits and challenges associated with the collaborative design, development and evaluation of real-world projects with community stakeholders serving as clients.

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Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art 3.1

 This journal is a medium for engaging the rich and multifaceted process of learning and teaching art that takes place in the classroom, studio, and beyond. This issue includes Roshanak Keyghobadi’s article focusing on the visual response of a contemporary Iranian artist to a painting by a Renaissance Italian artist, Theresa Alo’s article examining the benefit of the inclusion of the arts in all students’ education and Martha Christopoulou’s case study exploring how primary-age children engaged in a drawing-telling project to represent their understandings of the Greek financial crisis.

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Journal of Curatorial Studies 3.1

 This journal explores the cultural functioning of curating. This issue includes Margot Bouman’s article discussing postproduction, video installation and Christian Marclay’s The Clock, Vanessa Rocco’s article which aims to demonstrate how the exhibition form and content created a powerful dialectic in the Exhibition of the Building Workers Unions (Berlin, 1931) and Amanda H. Hellman’s article examining the processes by which European museum standards were translated to colonial-era African museums and how early Nigerian museums were both an extension of and departure from the way British museums were used for social and political purposes.

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Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty 5.1

This journal is dedicated to the critical examination of the fashion and the beauty systems as symbolic spaces of production and reproduction and representation of artifacts, meanings, social practices, and visual or textual renditions of cloth, clothing and appearance. This issue includes Naomi Braithwaite’s ethnographic study of contemporary British women’s shoe designers that explored what creativity in shoe design entails, Helen Holmes’s article seeking to explore the changeable materiality of hair and Alison Slater’s article considering materiality in relation to memories of dress and explores why women remember the materiality of clothes they no longer wear or even no longer own.

Other Visual Arts issues now available for free from Intellect:

Summertime at the SVA Library

Are you planning a movie night? Want to try out the latest video game? Just looking for a place to read a magazine and take a break? The SVA Library’s got you covered!

The SVA Library is open all summer long, and offers the same great services that are available during the academic year. All SVA students, faculty, and staff have access and borrowing privileges.

We’ve got AC to keep you cool, thousands of books and DVDs to check out, over 300 current periodicals to browse, XBOX, PS3, and Wii games to take home, and relaxing spaces to hang out. Best of all, it’s FREE with your SVA ID.

Summer Hours:
M-Th: 9am—7pm
F: 9am—4pm

Library summer promo flyer

Free streaming videos on VDB TV


Launched in 2015, VDB TV is an innovative digital distribution project which provides free, online streaming access to curated programs of video and media art. Hosted by the Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, VDB TV online content is sourced from the historically significant archives of the Video Data Bank. VDB TV includes work from early video pioneers active in the 1960s and 70s, through to emerging contemporary artists. It offers viewers access to rare video art, the opportunity to engage with programs conceived by a wide range of curators, and original writing, all while ensuring that artists are compensated for their work. Video Data Bank has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support this project.

Tune in to VDB TV, which provides a rotating series of programs presenting essential video art, streaming free for the first time to the general public. The current program is “The Feminist Origins:
VDB’s On Art and Artists Interview Collection.”

Upcoming program highlights include a radical selection from the Videofreex Archive, and an exciting program of contemporary video art works curated by Brooklyn Rail film editors Rachael A. Rakes and Leo Goldsmith.

Summer Hours 2015


The semester has ended and summer is upon us – at least on the academic calendar.

The library has switched over to our summer schedule, and hours are now Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm. We are closed on weekends all summer long.

After Memorial Day, the library will close at 4pm on Fridays.




Jiraiya at SVA

On March 28th, 2015 the manga artist known as Jiraiya stopped at SVA as part of his first North American tour. The talk was enthusiastically received by a standing room only crowd of students, facility and the general public with a cheque forming hours before the scheduled start time. Author, editor, graphic designer and tireless comics proponent, Chip Kidd led a lively Q&A with the artist. Chip’s perceptive questions and clear passion for the artists work led Jiraiya to give deep insights into his creative process, technique and the political implications of his work. The event was cohosted by Keith Mayerson, Cartooning Coordinator and Faculty in SVA’s Cartooning  and Illustration Departments, and Eric Ingram, curator of the Comic & Graphic Novel Collection at the SVA Library.

Jiraiya and Chip Kidd were kind enough to stay after the talk to sign books and memorabilia. In addition to signing Jiraiya also drew caricatures of those in line. It was a thrilling and historic afternoon at SVA indeed.

Click here for a slideshow and write-up from the Examiner, and check out more photos in the slideshow below.

Graham Kolbeins, Jiraiya behind his book, Anne Ishii and Chip Kidd

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