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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

Faculty--Resources For Remote Instruction

Want to meet one-on-one with the librarian to learn how to use Zoom/troubleshoot problems?
Fill out the Zoom Help Request Form!

Zoom Video Tutorials

These video tutorials have been developed by the librarian in order to aid faculty in using the Zoom software for distance learning.

Web Resources

These web resources are additional ways to learn about and support remote instruction.

COVID-19 Information

Dear Academy Students,

After much thought, we have decided to complete the remainder of the spring semester using remote instruction. We will not hold any further face-to-face classes this semester. Your next step is to open your Academy email from your faculty. The faculty will email you directly with directions for your classes.

I have worked closely with the faculty who are doing amazing work adapting their curriculum to the online formats. We will improve our creative, artistic and digital skills. This is a challenge but also an opportunity and we must look at it this way. 

We have several events and programs we will need to consider including exit interviews, portfolio week, A-Con 2020, Portfolio Night, and graduation. Our faculty and staff will need time to look carefully at all our options for these events. We will communicate updates when we can.

For those students who are in housing, we are in communication with the University Center regarding their status. At this time, there are no plans to ask students to leave housing.

To our seniors preparing to graduate, we are particularly aware of how this global crisis effects you. We know how hard you have worked to get to this point. Also, we recognize how disappointing and sad you must feel. We will consider your perspective as we move forward with the Academy’s end of the year plan.

The success of our online learning will be the responsibility of everyone, students as well as the faculty. Everyone at the Academy has a part to play. I believe the Academy community will gain strength, resiliency and compassion as we overcome this unprecedented situation.

Duncan Webb
Academic Dean
American Academy of Art
312 461 0600


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

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

Spring Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am-7pm

Artist of the Month

William Vaughan

William Vaughan is an award-winning artist, writer, and director. He has been published by every major cg magazine and has created digital art for Nickelodeon and Pixar Animation Studios.


Books in the library available on reference:

Staff Recommendations

Check out the staff recommendations!

Illustration Magazine

International Artist

Stop Smiling

Irving Shapiro Library Blog

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New posts every week!