All summer long, the Visual Arts Library was shrouded in dust and debris as it underwent major renovations. Now the construction is complete, and the library is opening its doors to the SVA community with a new look: visitors to the second floor of 380 Second Avenue can browse and borrow from the College’s sizable collection of books, magazines, slides, comics and movies in a space that is 30% bigger and fully rehabbed. From new carpeting to nearly twice the number of computers and improved study areas, the library is brighter and more user friendly than ever.
Library Director Robert Lobe is excited about the updated space and services. “It’s so much more functional for patrons and staff,” says Lobe, who is especially pleased that space has been created for the Milton Glaser Design Archive, slated to open during the spring semester. In addition, the renovations have added expanded multimedia shelving, a wired “smart” classroom for hands-on library instruction, a larger slide library and more. The Visual Arts Library is open Monday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm; Friday, 9am – 7pm; Saturday, 10:30am – 5:30pm; and Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.
Image: The renovated library; photo by Michelle Mercurio.