Visual Arts Resource Library

Collection and Services

The Visual Arts Resource Library is a non-circulating collection of books, exhibition catalogues, directories, magazines, and sound and video recordings available for SVA students and faculty. New books are added annually, and acquisition recommendations are always welcome. In addition to housing an over 6,000-volume reference collection, which includes many rare and unique items, the library frequently hosts events, including the School’s Artist Development Series, a lecture and workshop series targeted at career development education for young artists.

The Visual Arts Resource Library’s digital resources include Apple desktop computers fully loaded with the Adobe Creative Cloud, a large-format digital scanner, a copier, and a black-and-white printer. A collection of digital equipment, including still and video cameras, projectors, audio recording equipment, lighting kits, and more, are available for short terms loans to SVA students and faculty. Email Evan Smith, SVA Media Coordinator to reserve equipment, or visit the SVA equipment page to learn more.

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Hours and Contact Information

The library is open year-round, Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Boston University School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Resource Library, Room 501
855 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
617-353-5707