Libraries and learning resources

Libraries

Mission

The mission of the Savannah College of Art and Design libraries is to support and promote the academic goals of the university: to prepare students for professional careers, emphasize learning through individual attention and uphold a positively oriented university environment. The library accomplishes this through the following:

  • Serving as a center for learning by providing a place for students and faculty to actively engage in study and research;
  • Selecting, acquiring, organizing, preserving and providing access to scholarly information supporting the university's curriculum;
  • Assisting and instructing students and faculty in finding and using scholarly information available at the university and elsewhere;
  • Using technology to extend access to library resources and services;
  • Collaborating within and outside the university to enhance library collections and services; and
  • Inspiring lifelong learning.

In accordance with the university's commitment to the academic community at large, the libraries also serve as information resource centers through both direct access to extensive collections and by sharing resources as needed with scholars and other academic institutions.

Vision

SCAD libraries will be a defining leader in support of art and design education by extending the boundaries of library resources and services tailored to the unique needs of the SCAD community.

History

SCAD Libraries is comprised of four geographic locations as well as an extensive digital presence to serve the college community. As a whole, SCAD Libraries' collection provides access to more than 200,000 books, 900 current print serials, a wide variety of special collections items, 12,000 full-text e-journals, 30,000 e-books and more than one million digital images. Each collection has unique strengths to meet the needs of that particular SCAD location. More than 30 full- and part-time staff members maintain library resources and are available to assist students, staff and faculty.


ACA library of SCAD

Located at 1600 Peachtree St. N.W., on floor 4A. It offers students a variety of opportunities for academic, intellectual and artistic growth.

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Hong Kong library

Located in the home building of SCAD Hong Kong, the library is part of the historical North Kowloon Magistracy building.

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Lacoste library

The three-story library is housed in the village's former boulangerie (bakery). The cozy interior features an original domed stone oven on the ground floor, which serves as an intimate reading area.

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Jen library

Located in the heart of downtown Savannah, the Jen Library's 85,000-square-foot building, occupying an entire city block, is one of the largest art and architecture libraries in the United States.

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eLearning library access

The libraries now offer an extensive range of 100 percent digital research materials, a mobile-friendly catalog, and one-on-one online research assistance.

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Online resources

The SCAD Libraries Catalog is available for general searching by anyone. However, a valid SCAD ID is required for remote access to library databases, e-books and other electronic resources.

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Access policy

SCAD Libraries are key, central learning resources for each location they serve. They provide access to a wealth of print, electronic and special collections materials targeted to the needs of students, faculty and staff.

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Circulation policy

A valid SCAD ID is needed to check out materials.

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ARCHE program in Atlanta

Current students and faculty of 20 Atlanta-area colleges and universities can share library resources through an interlibrary loan and interlibrary use program.

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Confidentiality policy

All patron information is confidential. Reading history (records of materials previously checked out) is not retained unless specifically requested by the patron.

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Donation policy

The libraries welcome donations of books and other materials that are up-to-date, support SCAD's current academic programs, and are in clean and useable condition.

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Film, video and photography policy

Per SCAD campus policies, photography and filming of any kind are not allowed in any library location without prior approval. Please contact the library to inquire about obtaining permissions.