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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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Write Night for NaNoWriMo

Come eat snacks and write in a supportive space! Any writing is welcome, including class papers, artist statements, or just creative writing from one of the prompts we'll have available! Tutors will be available for editing, too!

Abstraction is Now Accepting Submissions!

Click here to submit your work to Abstraction Magazine!

NaNoWriMo 2019!

Don't miss out on NaNoWriMo 2019! We have a ton of great events to celebrate and an awesome display! Come learn more and grab a pamphlet, too!

Check out this collection!

Our Illustration collection is full of concept art, character creation help, and reference materials for things like costumes and food. Check it out this month!

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

Paul Rand

Paul Rand (1914-1996) was an American art director and graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, and ABC.

Books in the library available for checkout:

More are available. Ask the librarian!

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!