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The Jessica R. Gund Memorial Library has collections specifically developed for the visual artist, designer, and craftsperson. The library contains 47,000 books, exhibition catalogs, and CD-ROMs; 145 current periodical subscriptions; access to a broad range of digital images; 1,600 sound recordings; 600 videotapes, DVDs, and films; access to online databases and full text resources; and an extensive collection of “artists’ books” (books made by artists as works of art). In addition, the library has color and black and white photocopiers.

Together the library’s collections support the Institute’s accredited degree programs, with a special focus on providing materials for studio-intensive instruction. The library documents the major participants, events, and trends of international contemporary art, photography, craft, and design; includes theory and technical information as well as visual resources; and makes available a variety of professional, legal, and business information for artists. The library’s collection of contemporary art publications ranks with the best American colleges and universities, and its collection of “artists’ books” is nationally recognized.

Click here for more information about our collection of artists’ books.

Image Collections

CIA faculty, students and staff have access to a wealth of digital images for educational purposes. ARTstor is a digital library of art images, associated descriptive information, and software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship. ARTstor contains over one million digital images of art, architecture and archaeology from a wide-range of cultures and time periods. This image collection continues to grow, adding subject-specific collections and expanding coverage for modern art. The library staff also uses Shared Shelf to provide access to its local image collections through ARTstor, as well as providing access to other high-quality image resources.

For more information about the library’s image collections, please contact Laura Ponikvar, Image and Instructional Services Librarian at 216.421.7442, or

Library News

Library News

The new book shelf is full! Stop in and see if something interests you.

We still have installations in the library from several different freshmen classes. You don't want to miss them!

Library Hours

Library Hours

Fall Semester 2015

Monday-Thursday 7:45am-9pm
Friday 7:45am-5pm
Saturday 12 noon-6pm
Sunday 12 noon-6pm

The circulation desk and group study room close and the copiers are turned off 15 minutes before the library closes.

Exceptions to Fall Semester Hours

November 25 open 10:00am-3:00pm

November 26-28 closed

November 29 open 2:00pm-6:00pm

December 12-13 closed

December 14-18 open 10:00am-4:00pm

December 19-20 closed

December 21-22 open 10:00am-4:00pm

December 23 open 10:00am-1:00pm

December 24-31 closed

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