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How do I renew books?

Most books may be renewed by stopping in the library with your CIA ID, or by creating a PIN account and renewing the items online. The number of renewals allowed varies by item.

Where do I return my library books?

All materials must be returned to the library where they were borrowed. CIA Library items and OhioLINK items should be returned to the CIA Library. Most items should be placed in either of the book drops.

Will I get a reminder when my books are almost due?

A notice will be sent to your CIA email address several days before your materials are due. Do not reply to this email.

What is an artists' book?

A book made by an artist as a work of art.

Can I check out artists' books?

The artists’ books collection can only be used in the library. It is helpful to make a request in advance if you would like to view any of the artists’ books.

Can I use artists' books for my class?

Yes. Faculty members should direct such requests to the Library Director with at least two weeks advance notice.

What is the Contemporary Artists Index?

The Contemporary Artists Index is a unique resource developed and maintained by the CIA Library staff. Look here for artists, artists groups, photo... more

The Contemporary Artists Index is a unique resource developed and maintained by the CIA Library staff. Look here for artists, artists groups, photographers, craftspeople, designers, and design firms whose work appears in select publications added to the CIA Library since 1991. The index includes CIA Library call numbers. Contact a member of the library staff if you need help using this index. less

Can periodicals be checked out?

No. The periodicals are for in-library use only.

Can I make an appointment to talk with a librarian about my research paper?

Absolutely!! We would love to help you with your research. To make an appointment, stop in the library, call or email any librarian.

Will the library staff put items on course reserve for use by the students in my class?

Yes. Please go the Library Services page, and then to Services for Faculty. You will find a copy of the reserve form and the current guidelines for course reserves.

My instructor said that there are items on course reserve in the library that I need to read. What does that mean?

Many faculty members place items on course reserve for a specific class. What that means is that these materials are kept behind the desk and are available to check out for a limited amount of time, giving everyone a chance to use them. A... more

Many faculty members place items on course reserve for a specific class. What that means is that these materials are kept behind the desk and are available to check out for a limited amount of time, giving everyone a chance to use them. Ask at the circulation desk to borrow these items. less

I have to do a presentation for one of my classes. Can I borrow a digital projector from the library?

Yes. Please make a reservation by phone or in person as far in advance as possible. Email reservations will not be accepted.

How can I reserve a digital projector for use in my class for the entire semester?

The library accepts both single use and semester long reservations for equipment by phone or in person. No email reservations will be accepted.

I need to borrow a digital projector from the library for a class presentation, but I don't know how to hook it up or operate it. What can I do?

The library includes instructions for setting up and operating their circulating digital AV equipment. Further training with our Audiovisual Services Coordinator may be available by appointment.

What is OhioLINK?


The CIA Library is a member of this statewide association of college and university libraries. OhioLINK provides access to over 47 million books, research databases, an electronic journal center, a digital media center, and over 40,000 e-books. It... more

The CIA Library is a member of this statewide association of college and university libraries. OhioLINK provides access to over 47 million books, research databases, an electronic journal center, a digital media center, and over 40,000 e-books. Items can be requested online from another OhioLINK library and sent to the our library for pickup. less

What is SearchOhio?

SearchOhio is a consortium of 19 of the largest public libraries in Ohio. Like OhioLINK, items can be requested online and sent to the CIA Library for pickup. For help requesting items using SearchOhio, contact a member of the library staff.

How do I find a journal article?

A good place to start is the Find Articles section of the Library home page. If you need help with any of the databases, please contact a member of the staff.

What is ArtSource?

ArtSource is a broad database covering the arts. It is a great first place to start your research for journal articles. Many of the articles are available full text online. ArtSource is only one of the many databases available to you. To access an... more

ArtSource is a broad database covering the arts. It is a great first place to start your research for journal articles. Many of the articles are available full text online. ArtSource is only one of the many databases available to you. To access any of the databases from off campus, please consult the library staff. less

How do I find digital images?

A good place to start is the Find Images section of the Library home page. If you need help with any of the image databases, please contact a member of the staff.

Should I be using ARTstor?

Yes! ARTstor is a digital image collection with over 1 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. It's a great resource for Art History classes, as well as classes in just about every area of study. It h... more

Yes! ARTstor is a digital image collection with over 1 million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. It's a great resource for Art History classes, as well as classes in just about every area of study. It has excellent tools for viewing and presenting images from any source. Any CIA faculty, student or staff member may register for an account using their CIA email address. Instructors have access to extra features, including the ability to create image folders that they can share with their classes. less

Can I access the library's research databases from off campus?

The databases provided by the CIA Library are accessible from off campus. You will be asked to log in with the same user name and password that you use to access your email. The State Library of Ohio databases are also accessible from off campus. ... more

The databases provided by the CIA Library are accessible from off campus. You will be asked to log in with the same user name and password that you use to access your email. The State Library of Ohio databases are also accessible from off campus. You will need to enter your Ohio zip code.

OhioLINK databases are not available from off campus. Please contact the library staff if you have any questions. less

How do I recommend a library purchase?

The library staff welcomes suggestions for materials to be included in our collection. Please first check our catalog to be certain that the item isn’t already part of our collection.

Are there scanners in the library?

Yes. We have two scanners.

Library Hours

Library Hours

Fall Semester 2014

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

August 24 open 2:00pm-6:00pm
September 1 closed Institute holiday
October 6 closed 11:45am-1pm
November 26 open 10:00am-3:00pm
November 27-29 closed
November 30 open 2:00pm-6:00pm
December 13-14 closed
December 15-19 open 10:00am-4:00pm
December 20-21 closed
December 22 open 10:00am-4:00pm
December 23 open 10:00am-1:00pm
December 24-31 closed

Circulation & Reference Desk
216.421.7440
216.421.7441

The Gund Library
The Cleveland Institute of Art
11141 East Blvd. 3rd Floor
Cleveland, OH †44106

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Library News

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From Nov. 14 through Nov. 21 the artists' book display will be Formats, Materials & Designs. The books are on display in the library gallery from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. Stop in and enjoy!

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Visiting artists, exhibitions, conference and symposia exploring socially engaged art.

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