The Flaxman Library is the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's (SAIC) main library. It is open seven days a week during fall and spring semesters. The library staff welcomes opportunities to help students navigate the many resources available at the library. The library contains approximately 120,000 items, including books, magazines, exhibition catalogues, audiotapes, CDs, LPs, videos, and an extensive picture file with more than 7,000 images. Many of the library’s resources are available to students online through the digital collections. Online resources include art-related databases, full text magazine articles, and more. The library goes beyond books and research materials. Its facilities also offer equipment to enhance the research and study experience, including wireless Internet, computers and printers, copiers, scanners, CD players, a turntable, and more.

Special Collections at the Flaxman Library

In addition to the regular circulating, noncirculating, and digital collections, the Flaxman Library is home to a variety of special collections and archives which include the following:

Additional Special Collections at SAIC include: