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Millard Sheets Library

Services for Faculty

Think of the Otis Librarians as your partners in teaching.

Library Resources

Information Literacy and Research Guide

Additional Otis Resources

The Teaching / Learning Center (TLC) provides help with teaching and instruction. They offer many different workshops, events, and trainings.

Please visit their website for more information.

Library Reserves

Otis Faculty may place materials on Reserve in the Library for their students. Reserves are really an extension of the classroom. They include books, copies of chapters from books, and articles from journals and newspapers.

Reserve items may be books or videos from our collection or be personal copies. Please treat them all with care.

Short-Term Loans

These items are held at the Circuation Desk.

These reserve items may be checked out for a limited time, from 2 hours to 2 days.

In Library Use Only

These items are held at the Circuation Desk.

In library use only reserve materials may not leave the Library. Patrons can view (or scan or copy) them within the library. This is mostly done to ensure that there will always be 1 copy available to any student.

Non-Circulating Items

These items are shelved in the Main Stacks.

Non-circulating Items may not leave the Library. Patrons can view (or scan or copy) them within the library. This option is used mainly by core classes, such as Introduction to Visual Culture, to ensure that all students will be able to find at least one book on a specific topic.

Collection Development Guidelines

The Library collects items primarily related to the art and design curriculum. Requests are welcome.

Inter-Library Loan and Other Libraries

Inter-Library Loan (ILL)

Otis does not offer an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Program. However, we are happy to assist students and faculty in finding the resources that they need. Students and faculty are encouraged to request books and other materials that they find lacking in the collection. The reality is that is it often cheaper and faster to buy the needed material than to order it through inter-library loan.

Accessing Other Libraries

There are many other Los Angeles-area libraries available that the Otis Community may find useful.

LMU Library

Privileges at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) William H. Hannon Library: More information coming soon

SCELC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing

For Otis Faculty

This service is only available to current Otis faculty.

If you wish to participate:

  1. Check that the SCELC institution participates in this service: List of participating institutions
  2. Go to the other library's website and review its policies and procedures.
  3. Make sure that the item(s) you wans to borrow are available.
  4. Email to request a signed authorization form.

Make sure to return any materials you have borrowed on time. If you incur any unpaid fees or fines that are billed to the Millard Sheets Library, we may add those charges to your Otis account and/or limit borrowing privileges.

For SCELC Faculty

Faculty from participating institutions:

  1. Bring a signed authorization form from your home institution.
  2. Fill out the Otis Library User Agreement
  3. Email to schedule an appointment.
  4. You may borrow up to 3 items at a time.

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