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Lawyers for the Creative Arts

Come to the Lawyers for the Creative Arts presentation on October 16th!! This is a great non-profit resource for your career, so don't miss out!!

Inktober Club!

Come sketch and complete Inktober with us! Get inspiration, help with creative block, and support. Drop by any day you want. Come every day, or only once. No commitment required!

Halloween Display

Come check out books that are terrifying, weird, frightening, and spooky!! We have a great selection of Halloween/horror books, including kid's books, classic literature, and art books!

Inktober Display!

Inktober is here! Don't miss out on this challenge! Make sure to check out our collection for helpful books and a pamphlet all about Inktober.

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!

New Donation Policy

We have a new donation policy. To read it in-depth, go to

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!

Artist of the Month

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha (1937) is an American artist associated with the pop art movement. He has worked in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and film. He achieved recognition for paintings incorporating words and phrases and for his many photographic books, all influenced by the deadpan irreverence of the Pop Art movement.


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Fall Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-7pm

Staff Recommendations

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ImagineFX Magazine

Society of Illustrators Annual Student Competition

Fine Art Connoisseur

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