Frequently Asked Questions

Information on this page is impacted by necessary changes as a result of COVID-19 disruptions. For accurate, up-to-date answers to these questions, please visit our Library Updates & Resources Page.

How can I get research help?

Students, faculty and staff can drop in at the Research Desk for immediate assistance or set up an appointment to meet one-on-one with a librarian. Students can use Navigate to find the Flaxman Library and set up a Research Consultation appointment. (Information about Navigate is available here.) Faculty and staff are welcome to email their meeting availability to

How can I schedule a class visit/instruction session?

Schedule classroom instruction with a librarian by filling out this form! If you have additional questions, email, call 312.899.5096 or stop by the library.
See our guide for incorporating library materials and information literacy ideas into your course and its assignments: Information Literacy at SAIC

For Special Collections/Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection email, call 312.899.7486 or stop by. Check out more information about access here.

For assistance with ARTstor, to request digital art images, and other resources to show images in the classroom contact Digital Collections, email or call 312.899.5101.

How can I borrow items from another library? (aka Interlibrary Loan)

Interlibrary loan services are available to SAIC students enrolled in degree programs, SAIC faculty, and SAIC staff.

Request a book from I-Share

  • Login to I-Share using the barcode number on the BACK of your ID and your last name
  • Usually takes 3-5 days; you will receive an email once it arrives

Request a book/media not located in I-Share

Request an article/chapter not owned by Flaxman Library 

How can I put materials on Course Reserves?

Academic Year 2020-21:  In order to ensure access to all students, including those who are unable to be on campus, we recommend faculty provide all course reserve materials to students digitally via Canvas. Since we will not be offering physical course reserves in the same way this fall, you can use the methods on the Getting Course Materials section of the For Faculty Updates page here. Feel free to email any course reserves questions to

Can the library buy a book or movie for the collection?

Please let us know what you think we should purchase for Flaxman Library collections. Simply fill out this form and click the submit button. Thank you in advance for your suggestion.

How can I find Thesis/Grad Projects Submission Information?

Where can I find handy forms?