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Academy of Art University Fine Art Facilities

Surrounded by San Francisco's world-renowned museums and galleries, Academy of Art University's Fine Art facilities are second to none. Just off the inspirational city streets are thousands of square feet of space with every artistic amenity an Art History student could want. The School of Fine Art provides an inspirational space for the next generation of artists to bring their creative vision to life.

Academy of Art University Library

This is not your typical college library. Academy of Art University's Library provides state-of-the-art graphic and electronic resources tailored to support its art and design curriculum. The vast collection of art and design books, thousands of digital slides, and the electronic resources catered to the art and design fields, are just some of the things that make this library an artist's dream. At the Academy Library, students have access to an impressive print collection and visual resources all provided in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas and facilitate student success.

The library’s collection is focused on the visual and technical arts and houses over 50,000 volumes. The resources in the library include print and electronic materials. The library’s periodical collection includes over 275 current subscriptions as well as an extensive collection of bound back issues that are of significant research value in the field of art and design. Our online resources include 18 databases that offer access to hundreds of thousands of full text articles, eBooks, and digital images. We have a digital image library (LUNA) that houses over 250,000 digital images. The online resources are delivered though our dynamic website that provides access to the online catalog, subject guides created by Academy of Art librarians, as well as other instructional guides and tutorials. Please see our "Collections" page for a detailed description of the library’s special collections and holdings.

The Academy of Art Library has a long history of being a "no-shush" zone. Students are encouraged to work together to exchange ideas and inspiration. To facilitate this we offer a vibrant atmosphere where artists can conduct visual research, collaborate, learn, and create. The Library maintains this synergistic environment with group study space, a 15-seat theater available for classes, clubs, and directed study, and several visual resource areas where students can practice hands-on techniques learned in the classroom.

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