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How to use the library, policies, and accessing your library account.

Library Services

Reference Assistance

Whether you're looking for sources for a research assignment, reference images for a studio project, a list of local art museums, or anything in between, the library is here to satisfy your information needs. Stop by the library desk, or email us. Reference consultations with the librarian are also available by appointment.

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find the book you're looking for in our online catalog? Need an article that's not available in full text from one of our databases? American Academy of Art students, faculty, and staff may request to borrow items from outside libraries. Simply bring the book or article citation to the library. Please allow 2 weeks for interlibrary loan requests.

Citation Help

 Looking for answers to your citation questions? The Writing Resource Center is available to all students.

Search for...

Check to see if the library has the book you need by searching below:

You can also search for books from the Library's Catalog Page

Access our Database List.

  • This is the list of all the academic databases that the library has access to
  • Databases contain scholarly journals & magazines, eBooks, and more
  • If you need help navigating the databases, contact the librarian at or stop by the library!
  • Need the Login/Password information? Email

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Contact Information

Location: 332 S. Michigan Ave., 3rd Floor


Phone: 312-697-3149

Fax: 312-294-9570

Library Rules

Guidelines for student conduct in the library.

  • All library materials must be checked out at the library desk. All library materials must be returned to the black box on the library desk for check-in.
  • Library materials that are marked Reference cannot be checked out or removed from the library. This includes textbooks and magazines.
  • Please be courteous when using cell phones and personal music devices.
  • Please do not eat while using library computers or reading library materials. Any mess made by food is the patrons’ responsibility. All beverages must be in a closed container.
  • Computer use is limited to school-related work while others are waiting.
  • Do not save your files on the library computers or on the flash drives. Files on computers are deleted without notice. Files on flash drives are deleted before check-in is completed.
  • Please be respectful to your colleagues who are studying or writing papers and keep voices at a normal level.