Undergraduate Students

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio—2 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Video—3 DAYS, NO renewals
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 35 item limit (5 videos)

Items from I-Share

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio/video—2 weeks, no renewals

Graduate Students

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—16 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio—2 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Video—3 DAYS, NO renewals
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 50 item limit (5 videos)

Items from I-Share

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio/video—2 weeks, no renewals

Faculty

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—16 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio—2 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Video—3 DAYS, NO renewals
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 50 item limit (5 videos)

Items from I-Share

  • Books—4 weeks, 6 renewals
  • Audio/video—2 weeks, no renewals

SAIC/AIC Staff

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio—2 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Video—3 DAYS, NO renewals
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 35 item limit (5 videos)

Items from I-Share

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio/video—2 weeks, no renewals

AIC staff contact Ryerson & Burnham Libraries for requests outside of I-Share

Alumni

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—4 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Audio—2 weeks, 3 renewals
  • Video—in-library-use only
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 35 item limit

Adult Continuing Studies (ACE)

Items from Flaxman Library

  • Books—4 weeks, due back at the end of currently enrolled course
  • Audio—2 weeks, due back at the end of currently enrolled course
  • Video—in-library-use only
  • Reserve, special collections items, and journals/magazines—do not circulate outside of the library
  • 35 item limit

Other Visitors

You may visit the Flaxman Library during open hours without an appointment if you are currently a member of one of the following groups:

  • CARLI I-Share students or faculty with a current ID
  • SAIC Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI)
  • SAIC Early College Program (ECP)
  • SAIC Teacher Institute in Contemporary Art (TICA)
  • SAIC Teaching Institute in Museum Education (TIME)
  • SAIC Young Artists Studios (YAS)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago (museum membership)

Our collections and reference assistance are available to you during your visit. We are not able to provide you with check-out or interlibrary loan privileges.

General Public

SAIC is a private, non-profit organization. While the main library is not open to the general public on a walk-in basis, we do try to accommodate research requests that are well suited to our resources.

Please contact a librarian at 312.899.5097 or flaxman@saic.edu before planning a visit. The Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection in Special Collections is open to public.

Fines: Overdue Items

  • Fines for movies are $5 per item, per day
  • Fines for books and audio will be assessed after 45 days or more overdue—these fines will be waived if the items are returned
  • Fines for reserve items are $2 per item, per day
  • SAIC and I-Share borrowers: track your due dates in My Account
  • Your prompt response to notices will help to limit fees
  • Be sure to keep your contact information current with the library. Send updates to flaxcirc@saic.edu or call 312.899.5097.

Fines: Lost / Damaged / Unreturned Items

  • Replacement fee is based on price of item
  • Processing fee of $10 per item
  • These fees are non-negotiable
  • We do not accept replacement copies purchased by you in lieu of fee payment
  • Long-overdue items will be deemed lost; replacement fee and processing fee will be charged
  • All items remain the property of SAIC and must be returned to the library whenever possible
  • If item is returned, we will refund/waive the replacement fee and processing fee

Payment Options

  • Credit card, check or ARTICard (in person)
  • Check, payable to SAIC Flaxman Library can be mailed to Flaxman Library Circulation, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603
  • Credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express). To provide credit card information by phone, please call 312.899.5097

Blocked from Borrowing

From Flaxman Library

  • $5 fine minimum owed to Flaxman
  • 1 item or more tagged "lost" at Flaxman
  • 3 or more items tagged "lost" in I-Share
  • Transcript/diploma hold for students

From I-Share

  • 25 I-Share items overdue
  • 1 item recalled and overdue
  • 3 'lost' items (overdue 28 days)
  • 10 claims returned on I-Share items
  • 10 I-Share items self-shelved (returned to the shelf without discharge)
  • $200 total owed in I-Share fines or fees
  • contact the I-Share library directly to pay those fines

Using Study Rooms

603 Sharp

  • Walk in use only (no reservations)
  • Only for viewing/listening on the equipment provided
  • Limit use to approximately 2 hours (or the length of the movie, album, etc.)

602 Sharp  (2–11 people) and 613 Sharp (12 or more)

Room reservations are accepted (in order of priority) for the following:

  • Library instruction
  • Viewing items from the Flaxman Library collections (approx 2 hrs; see 603 policy)
  • Thesis presentations by SAIC students to their thesis committees (approx 60–90 minutes)
  • Student advising by faculty (30–60 minute sessions)


Walk-in use is okay at other times, but you must give up the room if/when it is reserved or needed for video viewing. Leave the door open so that other walk-ins may also use the room. Keep noise at acceptable levels that do not disturb others using the library.

Cell Phones, Food & Drink

  • Cell phones are allowed in the library. Please be considerate of others, don't use your phone in the designated quiet areas.
  • Food is not allowed in any area of the library.
  • Beverages in covered cups are only allowed in the main library.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in Special Collections / Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.

SAIC Circulating Resource Usage Policy

SAIC Circulating Resource Usage Policy

Donations

Thank you for your interest. Financial contributions to the School can be made through the Office of Institutional Advancement.

The Flaxman Library accepts a very limited number of publications as gifts-in-kind. These are typically: works by or about the School, our faculty, or alumni; gifts from our teaching faculty that support the curriculum; highly unusual materials relevant to the School's history or curriculum. Please contact us at flaxman@saic.edu to discuss potential gift-in-kind donations in these categories.

We do not accept general donations of books or other materials (including art books, text books, etc.). Members of the SAIC community with a small number of items to donate are encouraged to leave them at the book-X-change on the 14th floor of the MacLean Center, where they will be available to your peers.