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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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Library News

Winter Break Hours

The library is closed for most of the Winter Break. Please refer to our hours before you come!

Abstraction is Now Accepting Submissions!

Click here to submit your work to Abstraction Magazine!

Graphic Design Display

Come check out all of the great books and DVDs we have in our Graphic Design collection! All items on display are available for check out.

A Book Is A Gift You Can Open Again And Again

Come check out our display of "gifts" for the holiday season! Pick a gift out, unwrap it to see which book you got, and check it out!

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!

Artist of the Month

Janet Perlman

Janet Laurie Perlman (1954) is a Canadian animator and children's book author and illustrator. Her 13 short films have received 60 awards to date.


Books in the library available for checkout:

Fall Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-7pm

Abstraction is Now Accepting Submissions!

Submit your work by clicking here!

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.

Staff Recommendations

Check out the staff recommendations!

ImagineFX Magazine

Society of Illustrators Annual Student Competition

Fine Art Connoisseur

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!