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 BU SVA students and faculty. New books are added annually, and acquisition recommendations are always welcome. The Resource Library houses an over 6,000-volume reference collection, which includes many rare and unique items.

The Visual Arts Resource Library’s digital resources include Apple desktop computers equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud and a large-format digital scanner. 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 BU SVA students and faculty. Visit the SVA equipment page to learn more.

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Spring 2022 Hours and Contact Information

M // 9:30am–1:30pm*, 2:30–5:00pm

T // 10:00am–1:00pm*, 2:00–5:00pm*

W // 11:00am–2:00pm

R // 1:00–3:00pm

F // 9:00am–2:00pm, 3:00–5:00pm

*Research Hours: Come visit the VARL during research hours! SVA Research Fellow Julian Parikh will be in the library to provide advising to students on arts research projects. Faculty can also coordinate class visits during these hours. Contact:

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