Carol H. Graney, Associate Provost and Director of University Libraries
The University Libraries are central to the educational mission of the University, enabling and enriching every student’s professional preparation and general education. Through the services the library staff provides, and through the materials it collects or to which it provides access, the University Libraries seek to enhance teaching and improve learning, and to educate students in the arts to be effective researchers and critical users of information.
Reference assistance and course reserves are available at each library location and electronically. Electronic reference service is available via instant messaging on the Libraries’ website by selecting “need help? chat live with library staff” and by email. Other information services such as interlibrary loan, class instruction in research techniques and library use, and advanced electronic research capabilities are also provided. The Libraries also provide administrative support and training for Digication, the University’s learning management system.
News about services and collections can be found on the Libraries website and on the UArts Libraries social media sites.
Information about the Libraries’ collections is available through an online catalog. The total holdings of the Libraries are more than 124,000 books and bound periodicals, 20,000 music scores, 21,000 digital images, 15,000 items of recorded music in LP and CD formats, and over 4,000 audiovisual materials in video and multimedia formats. In addition, over 140,000 ebooks can be accessed through the library catalog. Over 60 electronic reference tools are also available online, including periodical indexes with full-text articles, databases including image and streaming audio and video files, and specialized encyclopedias and reference works. To access the electronic resources, see Online Resources on the library’s website.
The Libraries develop and provide access to Digital Collections, a repository for materials documenting UArts history, publications, student work, and campus events. This growing collection also includes materials from the Libraries’ special collections.
University Library Locations
Listening and viewing facilities, Internet access, and photocopiers/scanners are available in addition to general reading facilities in the Greenfield and Music libraries.
Albert M. Greenfield Library
Anderson Hall First Floor
The Albert M. Greenfield Library, on the first floor of Anderson Hall (333 South Broad Street), serves as the main library for the campus, containing materials in many formats on art and design, dance, theater, film and television, multimedia, liberal arts, and other general subjects. The Greenfield Library also houses the Libraries’ administrative offices and technical services operation, as well as the University Archives.
Merriam Theater Third Floor
The Music Library, on the third floor of the Merriam Theater Building (250 South Broad Street), is a specialized library serving academic programs and interests in music and music pedagogy. Its holdings and services are also important for students and faculty studying or needing information about acoustics, the business of music, musical theater, and other areas related to music. The Music Library contains listening facilities for recorded sound in addition to general reading areas and a music education resource area.
Visual Resources and Special Collections
Anderson Hall Mezzanine
Visual Resources and Special Collections (VRSC), provides image resources for teaching and study, and houses the Libraries’ Special Collections that have particular strengths in book arts and textiles, and a new collection of zines. The visual resources collection is made up of digital images of a variety of subjects with a focus on reproductions of artwork. Equipment in the VRSC may be used for scanning, viewing personal images, as well as digital images from the collections.