Labor Day Holiday Hours 2015

The SVA Library will be closing at 1pm on Friday, September 4th, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday, September 8th.

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day 2015

West Side Library Space Coming Soon!

The SVA Library will soon be opening a satellite space on the lower level of 133 West 21st Street, down the hall from Moe’s Cafe. The space will feature displays of periodicals, new books, DVDs and video games, and will have comfortable seating options including couches, ottomans, tables and chairs. There will be computers available for research and a group study room in the space. Most exciting of all, SVA students, faculty, and staff based on the West Side will be able to request materials from the main library to be sent over for pick up at the satellite space.

Library West will be open and staffed M-F, 12-8pm. Stay tuned for the official opening date!

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New EBSCO eBook Reader App

Here at the SVA Library, we subscribe to several databases from EBSCO, including the Academic eBook Collection. Using that collection has just gotten easier – EBSCO has released an ebook reader app! The app enables easy discovery and simple download capabilities from our library collection to any mobile device, and a best-in-class reading experience.


Download the app from the iTunes storeGoogle Play, or from this FAQ for Kindle Fire and Nook. Once in the app, tap “Find Books” to begin searching. You’ll first be directed to find the School of Visual Arts by navigating through Country and State dropdowns, and a long A-Z list. There is no search function yet for finding our institution, but that will hopefully change in future updates. Once you’ve found our school from the list, you’ll be dropped into a search window where you can browse or search for ebooks.

In order to download books to your device, you’ll need to sign into your MyEBSCOhost account – which is used to store items from various EBSCO databases – or you can create a new account from in the app.

For more information and a video tutorial, visit EBSCO’s eBooks & Audiobooks Support Center.

If you’re having trouble using the app, ask a librarian, and we’ll be happy to assist.

New Books: Illustrated Children’s Books

We’ve got some beautiful new children’s books in the SVA Library this summer. They’re featured on the small round table in front of the new books shelves:


Let’s take a closer look at a few titles…

YardSaleYard Sale by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Lauren Castillo / PZ7.B91527 Yar 2015

Callie’s family is moving to a small apartment in the city, and so many of their possessions are spread on the front lawn for a yard sale.  Eve Bunting and SVA alum Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close.

YardSale interior

WhereDoesKittyGoWhere Does Kitty Go in the Rain? by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Brigette Barrager / PZ7.Z487 Whe 2015

This kitty-centric mystery includes rain-centered facts to create a charming fiction/nonfiction picture book. As readers search for Kitty, they’ll also discover what different animals do to enjoy, or avoid, a rainy day. Harriet Ziefert’s rhyming couplets pair with Brigette Barrager’s lush art to make a combination that is sure to please young readers and adults alike.

WhereDoesKittyGo interior



Iridescence of Birds

The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper / PZ7.M11972 Iri 2012

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists.

Iridescence of Birds interior



BeastlyVerseBeastly Verse illustrated by JooHee Yoon / PZ8.3 .Y66 Bea 2015

A playful romp through verse, rhyme, and gorgeous images, this book carries children into the poetic realm. This volume includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence.

BeastlyVerse interior

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.