August 29, 2018

Hello + Happy Fall Semester from Flaxman Library!

We want to welcome a few new additions to our staff:

  • Melanie Emerson, Dean of the Library + Special Collections
  • Alison Rollins, Reference + Instruction Librarian
  • April Sheridan, Special Collections Manager

As the semester gets started, we wanted to answer a few popular questions:

How can I create a library account?
Good news! Library accounts are now generated automatically by using your Library Barcode (on the back of your SAIC ID) and your last name to login. For further instructions - check out these short videos.

Reserves? What's that?
Reserves are books and materials that your instructor has asked the library to set aside for their courses. The materials are library use only and can be checked out for 3 hours at a time. You can use the scanners and/or copiers located within the library to make a PDF or a physical copy.
Find books your faculty put on reserve for your class.

What is I-Share?
I-Share is an Interlibrary Loan network of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois. You can visit these libraries or have items sent to Flaxman for pick-up. Delivery takes 3-5 business days. To request items, sign in with your library account.

Special Collections sounds cool. Tell me more!
The Flaxman Library Special Collections house an array of archives, rare films, artists’ publications and other unique materials. Do you want to see that original copy of the Ed Ruscha book you talked about in class? Or maybe you want to look at one of the library’s riot grrrl zines? or maybe you want to look at something by an SAIC Alum like The body, Manifold Publication by Amina Ross. Whatever your needs, stop by the Special Collections reading Room (Sharp 508) or make an appointment to spend time with some truly inspiring materials.

Bibliodérive 2018 : Be realistic, demand the impossible!
The John M. Flaxman Library bibliodérive is a collection of generative, open-ended actions, or situations, taken to destabilize research practices geared towards an expected product or outcome. This interactive, participatory, all day event is open to all SAIC students, faculty and staff. Whether individually or in an organized group, participants are invited to engage with the library’s collections, architecture and community. To learn more on how to participate, or see past events check out

Image: Courtesy of SAIC