Library Updates and Resources

Open by Appointment Only to SAIC Students, Faculty, and Staff

Visiting + Using Each Collection

All Open by Appointment Only to SAIC Students, Faculty, and Staff

John M. Flaxman Library
Starting June 1: 10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday, 
See our Visiting Flaxman Library page and Picking Up Library Materials section below for more information | Remote Library Services | Schedule an Appointment

Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection + Library Special Collections
See this page for visiting information. | Using the JFABC Off Campus | Email to schedule an Appointment

Fashion Resource Center
See this page for visiting information and to make an appointment. | Using the FRC Off Campus | Schedule an Appointment

Roger Brown Study Collection
See this page for visiting information and to make an appointment. | Using the RBSC Off Campus | Schedule an Appointment

Video Data Bank | Using the VDB Off Campus | Email to schedule an Appointment

Picking Up Library Materials

You can request circulating Flaxman, I-Share & Interlibrary Loan materials for pickup in the Flaxman Library (available times are reflected on the appointment scheduler). NOTE: we are no longer checking out materials in advance of Materials Pickup appointments. Here’s how to use Library Material Pickup:

First: Request Materials

  • Flaxman Library Materials - May take up to 3 days from request to pickup. Instructions are available here.
  • I-Share Books - May take up to 5 days from request to pickup. Instructions are available here.  
  • Interlibrary Loan Books* - May take up to 2 weeks from request to pickup. Instructions are available here
    *Interlibrary Loan should only be used after you’ve tried requesting materials through I-Share. If you only need a few chapters, we recommend requesting PDFs instead for faster access.

Second: Schedule Your Pickup Appointment Once Materials are Ready

  • Wait for an Email Confirming Materials are Ready
    For Flaxman Library Materials and Interlibrary Loan Books the email will have a pickup deadline and scheduling link. For I-Share Books the email notes “Please contact the pick-up library for directions on how to schedule and pick up these held materials.” Once you get the email, use the directions below to schedule your appointment.
  • Schedule Your Pickup
    When you get the email that your item is ready, schedule a Flaxman Materials Pickup Request appointment. You will receive a separate email for each requested item, but you only need to make one pickup appointment at a time - all available items will be bundled for your appointment. 
    • After your appointment, you can check Flaxman and I-Share requests in your library account.
      • If you see any items with the “On Hold Shelf until [date]” status, you should make another appointment for those items before the deadline (use this link).
      • If you see the “In Process” status, you should wait until you get the email prompting you to schedule for pickup.

Third: Pickup Your Materials in Sharp - SAIC ID Required

  • Go to the library (Sharp Building, 6th floor).
  • Present your ID to the library staff member at the checkout station. They’ll check out any materials on the hold shelf for you.
    • Please don’t sanitize your materials. Bookmarks outlining how to safely use shared materials from the library are available.
    • You may also browse the stacks and check out other materials.
    • You may also return materials.

Getting Materials Beyond Flaxman

I-Share and interlibrary loan materials are available to SAIC students, faculty, and staff. You’ll be able to pick items up through the pickup process outlined above. Please expect 3-5 days for I-Share items to be available, and 10+ for Interlibrary Loan items. For articles or book chapters, you can also fill out the Interlibrary Loan/Scanning Request Form to request PDF copies (which are typically emailed in a few days).

Visiting Flaxman Library 

The Library will be open to SAIC students, faculty, and staff by appointment only. Members of the public and alumni will not be able to make appointments at this time. We’ve outlined what each appointment entails, how to schedule it, and what to expect when visiting the library on this page.

Returning Library Materials

SAIC community members with access to the Sharp Building will be able to return materials using the metal book & media drop boxes in the lobby or during a library visit appointment.

Using Online Library Resources

Flaxman Library staff offer expert help and many resources that library users can access online. Please note: when accessing materials off campus, you will need to login using your ARTIC username and password when prompted. If you would like to share links to library materials, be sure to review the Linking to Library Resources & Databases guide for advice.

The best place to get started when looking for resources is our Remote Learning with Library Resources guide! Check out the links below for advice on where and how to find specific resources using the guide:

  • eBooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries, dissertations and textbooks: Where | How
  • Articles from magazines, journals and newspapers: Where | How 
  • Streaming Video: Where | How
    • Additionally, Video Data Bank (VDB) has a selection of its collection available on Panopto. If faculty or students need other titles from the collection, please email outlining your needs, and we will work to add those titles to Panopto.

We additionally have:

Research Help + Studio Visits

Research Consultations - We are happy to help with your research remotely! To set up a time to meet with a librarian, use Navigate to find the Flaxman Library and set up a Research Consultation appointment. (Information about Navigate is available here.) We can conduct consultations synchronously over Zoom, or asynchronously over email if needed.

Studio Visits - We are excited to virtually or physically visit studios of those within the SAIC community. To schedule a Studio Visit with a librarian, use Navigate to find the Flaxman Library and set up a Studio Visit appointment. (Information about Navigate is available here.) We can conduct virtual visits over Zoom or come to your studio in-person.

Special Collections Research - Use the following pages to discover what options are available from each collection:

Virtual Classroom Visits + Library Instruction

Flaxman Library - We have updated our Instruction Menu to accommodate all formats of classes, including new options like librarian created Canvas Modules that can easily be added to your course. To sign up, please use our updated form and a librarian will confirm your request and discuss next steps.

Special Collections - You can also use the following pages to discover what virtual visit or instruction options are available from special collections:

Library Chat Services

In August 2020, the Flaxman Library launched a new chat service. Users are now able to ask a librarian questions by using the chat box on the library homepage. (Look for a pink tab on the right.) We encourage you to take advantage of this service when remote!

Getting More Help Virtually

Have a question this page doesn’t answer? Just ask! You can email questions to the contacts below. Please note that most library + special collections groups are replying to questions on weekdays only.

Last updated:
Monday, July 12
United States