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Welcome to the Irving Shapiro Library: COVID-19 Library Reopening FAQs

The Mission of the Irving Shapiro Library is to Provide Support for All Aspects of Teaching and Learning at the American Academy of Art.

COVID-19 Library Reopening FAQs

Visiting the Library

When is the library open?

  • The library is open Monday-Thursday from 7:30AM-4:30PM. 

How many visitors are allowed in the library?

  • Due to social distancing guidelines, a limit of 13 visitors will be allowed in the library at a time. 
  • When you enter the library, you will need to check-in at the library desk with the librarian.

Do I need to wear my mask in the library?

  • Yes, you are required to wear your mask while you are in the library.

Can I eat/drink in the library?

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library in order to uphold the mask-wearing requirement


Using the Library

Can I use the computers and printer?

  • Yes, you can still access the computers and the printer. 
  • You will be asked to use a disinfecting wipe to wipe down the computer area before and after using the computer. The computers, printer, and table tops will also be professionally cleaned throughout the day. 
  • Please note that social distancing requirements means that fewer computers will be available. 

Can I study in the library?

  • Yes, students can study in the library as individuals. No groups will be permitted to ensure social distancing. 
  • Please note that social distancing requirements means that fewer seats will be available.

Can I read and check out library materials?

  • Yes, you can still browse and check out library materials.
  • All library materials will be quarantined for 3 days (per American Library Association standards) after use to reduce risk for patrons.
    • For any materials you browse but do not check out, please return them to the librarian so they can also be quarantined. 

I’m a new student, how do I register with the library so I can borrow books and create an online library account?

  • New students can stop by the library and register their student IDs with the librarian. This allows you to check out materials and create an online library account.
  • You do not need to register with the library in order to access the library’s online databases (LIRN). To access these databases, please email librarian@aaart.edu for login information

How can I make an appointment with the Writing Resource Center?

  • For the Fall 2020 semester, all WRC appointments will be virtual. Once appointments are open for booking, you can do so at: https://library.aaart.edu/wrc

Where can I find the library online?


Thank you for following guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together. Questions? Email librarian@aaart.edu or stop by and ask the librarian!