New Shelving, Signage, and Configuration

On the heels of our summer weeding project, the SVA Library is getting some new shelving and signage to make the most of our space.


New signs have gone up throughout the library, at the service desks, outside the study room, and outside the restrooms. Notably, the single-occupancy restrooms behind the Reference stacks have been given explicitly gender neutral signs:


The catalog computers that were previously located between the CD stacks and vitrine will be moved to standing desks mounted on the columns between the rare book cases in order to allow for more shelving at the front of the library.


New shelves (and paint!) will fill this space.

In the Reference stacks, we’ve acquired some new, taller shelving to help us shift and accommodate our growing collection.


Here’s one of our Circulation Managers, Mark, disassembling our old shelves.



Our collection, awaiting its new shelves.

Part of our collection, awaiting its new shelves.

If you have trouble finding materials in the new configuration, grab one of your friendly librarians, and we’ll be happy to help you. For remote assistance, Ask Us, or call 212-592-2660.

July 4th Holiday Hours 2015

In observance of Independence Day, the SVA Library will be closing at 1pm on Thursday, July 2nd, and remain closed through Independence Day weekend. We will reopen at 9am on Monday, July 6th.

Independence 2015

The Great Summer Shift of 2015

If you’ve been in the library this summer you may have noticed some activity in the stacks. Namely, librarians pulling and evaluating books, newly empty shelves, and some thorough cleaning and vacuuming. What’s going on?


Libraries routinely weed their collections to evaluate out of date items, replace worn out or damaged items, and to make room for new items. This is one of our summer projects in the SVA Library, and while we’re at it, we’re cleaning the stacks, shifting some books, and even getting some new shelving.  If you have trouble finding anything, or if something isn’t where you thought it was, it may have been moved. Just grab one of your friendly librarians, and we’ll be happy to help you locate what you’re looking for.

RIP, Hermann Zapf, Ubiquitous Typographer

HermannZapfHermann Zapf, the typographer whose letters are found everywhere, died at the age of 96 last Thursday, June 4th, at his home in Darmstadt, Germany. Zapf was prolific in his career, creating approximately 200 type faces in numerous alphabets over his lifetime. Among his type faces are Palatino, Optima, Melior, Zapfino, and Zapf Dingbats. The Roman-inspired Palatino is used for Abercrombie & Fitch’s  corporate logo; Optima is used for Estée Lauder’s packaging as well as on Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and the September 11th Memorial.

Visit us in the library to dive into more information on Zapf and typography. These catalog searches will get you started:  Zapf;  typography.













Zapf Dingbats:


New Books: New York state of mind

New York is many things to many people – from playground to living historical artifact, from foodie paradise to fashion mecca, the city that never sleeps has an awful lot to offer. The new books featured here glance on those topics and provide a snapshot of our bustling metropolis.

indexConey Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, by Robin Jaffee Frank / F129.C75 F73 2015

This is the exhibit book  for the recent, eponymous exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Musem of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. The exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, banners, architectural artifacts, carousel animals, film clips, and ephemera from and of Coney Island.

index (1)Harlem Hellfighters, written by J. Patrick Lewis & illustrated by Gary Kelley / PZ7 .L567 Ha 2014

They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments–under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe–to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. This remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI — and American — history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell the century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.

index (2)Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey, with Grady Hendrix / PN6727.D865 D57 2012

Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes–from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn. It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City–all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel.

index (3)Men in this Town, by Giuseppe Santamaria / TR679 .S23 2014

Men In This Town is a street-style journal capturing men with a distinct look in their natural lifestyle. From five distinct cities around the world–New York, Tokyo, Milan, London, and Sydney–photographer, art director, and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a unique photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. Giuseppe has chosen a handful of men from each city with a particular, distinct style and photographed them in their various attire, as well as profiled them about their particular approach to fashion and their sense of the menswear scene today.

Bespoke Atelier App

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Bespoke Atelier is a new app for clipping and sharing visual content in the digital environment. It’s a browser for visual minds, with everything you need to discover, save & share ideas at your fingertips in a single platform. Use the app’s built in clipping tool to grab visual inspiration from the web, save it to a book, and share it with collaborators.

SVA students, faculty, and staff are invited to download the Bespoke app to try it for free. It’s currently only available for iPad, but development is now underway for iPhone and eventually a web platform. Once you’ve installed the iPad app, download the Web Clipper to grab content from your laptop or desktop to sync to your Bespoke books.

Try out the Bespoke app and let us know what you think in the comments.


A Tribute to Mary Ellen Mark


Mary Ellen Mark in 2000. Credit Chris Felver/Getty Images.

On Monday, May 25th, 2015, renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark died in Manhattan. Her photographs of the famous and “unfamous,” as she called them, were compassionate, unflinching, and empathetic documentary works. From prostitutes in Mumbai to homeless teenagers in Seattle and mental patients in Oregon, Mark’s photos cut to the humanity of her subjects.

Mark taught at SVA in various capacities from the 1970s to the 80s. In 1977 she gave a lecture series ; in 1983 she taught at the Morocco Summer Program; in 1988 she taught a graduate course documentary photography as a faculty member in the Fine Arts department. In 1996, SVA honored Mark in the annual award exhibition, the Masters Series.

Here in the SVA Library we’ve put together a display to honor the late photographer with items from our collections. Take a look the next time you visit; all items are discoverable via our catalog.