Visit Us

Please note: Library hours and visitor policies are subject to change in alignment with updates to SAIC’s school-wide policies. Masks must be worn at all times [the library + special collections are instructional spaces]

Who Can Visit

Flaxman Library is open to SAIC students, faculty, staff, and alumni without an appointment. Visiting the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection & Archives still requires an appointment (email The Library and Special Collections are considered instructional spaces, so masks are still required while in our space. Please see the Make Together page for details.  

If you are not a member of the SAIC community, including I-Share members, you must email for the Main Collections or for the Library Special Collections (artists’ books & archives). In your email please include the reason for your visit and your preferred dates and times. Scheduled visits are set based on staff availability. You must email 24 hours in advance, we can only respond Monday through Friday.

Main Collections

37 S. Wabash Ave., 6th Floor

Fall Semester: August 31 - December 19 
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Closed
Closing Early: November 23, 6pm
Closed: September 5, and November 24-27 (return materials to the Sharp Lobby library drop boxes)

Library Special Collections

Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection & Archives + Other Collections
37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th Floor

Fall Semester: August 31 - December 19 
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 1pm (only for scheduled class visits)

Open by appointment only for individual research visits and in-person class visits. Please email to schedule an appointment.

Study and Equipment Spaces

When visiting the Main Collections, there are a few study or equipment spaces you can choose from (none of which are private) and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in our study rooms, please review our policy page for more information.

  • Study Desks
  • Blue Armchairs
  • iMac Stations Please note: There is no Adobe Software on the iMacs
  • Video Playback Stations
  • Bookeye Scanner

Just Need to Print or Scan?

We have one color printer and two black and white printers on the 6th floor. An additional color printer and black & white printer on the 5th floor are available when the library is closed. (When you come out of the elevator or out of the stairwell, take a left around the corner to find them.)

Just Need to Return Library Materials?

You can return items directly to the library when we are open or using the metal book and media drop boxes in the Sharp lobby any time the building is open.