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The mission of the Irving Shapiro Library is to provide support for all aspects of teaching and learning at the American Academy of Art. The Irving Shapiro Library is an extension of the classroom to ensure access to current ideas and information literacy


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Hey Students!

We want to hear your suggestions! What books would you like to see in the library?

Let us know by filling out the Suggestion Form--click here!

Your suggestions can be graphic novels, comics, art books, fiction books, children's books, and non-fiction books. We are especially looking for books by/about: People of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA+, women, people with autism, artists with disabilities, and modern artists.

Library News

Abstraction is Now Accepting Submissions!

Click here to submit your work to Abstraction Magazine!

Resolution Display

What do you want to achieve in 2020? Pick up a book to help your career, come to the workshop to make an achievable resolution, and write your resolution on the whiteboard in the library!

Photography Collection Display

Come check out the books in our photography collection!

Credo Reference Online is Now Available!

You now have access to Credo Reference Online any time you need it! Credo is a great place to start your research and get background information on a topic. Find it in the databases list, or ask the librarian how to access and use it!

Free eBooks through Biblioboard!!

Did you know? You have access to a ton of FREE eBooks through a service called Biblioboard. No login required. Just go to, choose "RAILS" library, and start reading today!

Library Events & Displays

Irving Shapiro Library Blog

Click here to access our blog!

Learn about library services, collections, and other interesting topics by reading our blog.

New posts every week!

Spring Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-7pm

Abstraction is Now Accepting Submissions!

Submit your work by clicking here!

Artist of the Month

Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky (1955) is a German photographer and professor. He is known for his large-format architecture and landscape color photographs, often employing a high point of view.


Books in the library available for checkout:

Staff Recommendations

Check out the staff recommendations!

Illustration Magazine

International Artist

Stop Smiling