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Access SVA Library Materials, No Matter Where You Are
October 20, 2020 by Phoebe Stein and Shea'la Finch
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Did you know you can remotely access more than 60 databases via the SVA Library? These online collections of digital content include ebooks, films, comics, magazines, tutorials, articles and encyclopedias—resources that allow you to conduct research, browse art and design books, read industry magazines, or watch great movies—no matter where you are located.


For those who are in the New York City area, the main library at 380 Second Avenue is open for contactless pickups and returns from 10:00am – 3:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please request materials in advance through the Library's online catalog. Current students, faculty and staff can also reserve workspace at tables and in the computer lab. The Library's Distance Learning Guide outlines resources and services available remotely. Contact them with any questions.


Below, SVA's digital services librarian Phoebe Stein and West Side librarian Shea'la Finch touch on highlights of the SVA Library's many databases, including some newly acquired subscriptions. Log in from anywhere in the world using your SVA username and password when prompted. It is important to use the direct links provided below or via library.sva.edu, as navigating to these sites directly will not work. If you have any questions while using the databases, you can email or chat with a librarian via this page.

Looking for streaming video? 

Explore Swank, our newest streaming service, which includes major classic and contemporary Hollywood films. The ever-popular Kanopy has hundreds of independent films, documentaries, and seminal cinematic works. Find educational videos to support your research in Art & Architecture in Video and Academic Video Online. Interested in media art, classic theater or experimental video? We've got that, too. Check out the full list of our streaming video databases here


Looking for magazines, comics and newspapers? 

Our new subscription to Exact Editions includes complete magazine archives for AestheticaAnOtherAnother ManArt MonthlyCineasteCoverCreative ReviewDazed, Foam and Sight & SoundFlipster is a magazine app for reading recent digital editions of 38 magazines, including ApertureArt in AmericaComputer ArtsFast CompanyThe New YorkerWired, and many others. We also subscribe directly to The New York TimesChronicle of Higher EducationVogueHarper's Bazaar and the Underground and Independent Comics database. 


Looking for images? 

Artstor has over two million images—spanning mediums, eras and cultures—sourced from museums, galleries, archives and other research institutions around the world. Colourbox offers hundreds of thousands of royalty-free stock images, including photographs, vector images and videos for use in your projects. The SVA Image Library (MDID) is an image database of copyright-protected images for teaching and scholarship. 


Looking for eBooks? 

Ebook Central Academic Complete is a multidisciplinary collection of over 180,000 e-books across academic subjects, including arts, humanities, social sciences, literature, education, health, medicine and technology. The ACLS Humanities Ebook Collection contains over 5,500 high-quality e-books in the humanities and social sciences. Learn how to download e-books and where to find more here.


Looking for scholarly articles or encyclopedias? 

We provide access to numerous resources for scholarly articles. Highlights include Art & Architecture Source, which offers broad coverage of art topics, and JSTOR currently has over 150 journals focused on the arts and humanities. Grove Art is an art-centric encyclopedia that will provide a foundation for your research with entries written by art scholars.


Looking for music and sound effects?

Our new subscription to Westar Music & Sound Ideas allows you to download over 300,000 tracks of production music, production elements and sound effects in your choice of mp3 and Broadcast WAV files for film sound design, game development, post-production, interactive media, and more.


To see an entire list of our online collections, visit our databases page. If you have any questions, contact a librarian here. And follow the SVA Library on Instagram and Twitter for informative and entertaining content.

A collage of photos of the SVA Library. Two are of socially distanced, reservable desks and one is of a bookshelf with books ready for contactless pickup.

The SVA Library, at 380 Second Avenue, is open to students, faculty and staff for contactless loan pickups and drop offs and study table reservations.