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Millard Sheets Library

Using the Library

Learning how to use the Library and do research is an important aspect of your college education.

The Library Staff is here to assist you. Please feel free to ask question. We will gladly instruct you in the use of the Otis Library online catalog (OPAC), computer programs and databases.

Circulation Information

All patrons must have their Otis ID card to check out items.

Item Limits

Below are the typical circulation limits for the largest groups of patrons.

Type of Borrower Max. items # Renewals
BFA Students 10 1
MFA Students 15 2
Faculty 15 2
Staff 10 1
Extension: Certificate or Access Student 5 1
Alumnx 5 1

Loan Periods

Below are the typical circulation limits for the largest groups of items and patrons.

There may be additional limits depending on the type of item and borrower.

Type of Item Loan Period
Books/CDs 3 weeks *
DVDs/Videos 1 week
Materials 1 week
Periodicals 1 week
Puzzles & Games 2 weeks

* 2 weeks for Alumnx, Certificate Students, and Access students

Online Renewals

Log into OwlCat BEFORE the due date. View instructions

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 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.

Traditional Library Reserves

Individual faculty members initiate the process of placing items on Reserve by bringing materials to the Circulation Desk  and filling out a Reserve Form, available online or from the Circulation Desk in the Library. The Reserve item is then prepared for circulation and a record for it is created in the Library's catalog. Finally, the item is placed behind the Circulation Desk, where students can check it out for a period of time stipulated by the professor, ranging from Library Use Only (recommended) to overnight. The whole process can take up to three days to complete so please plan ahead. For questions regarding reserves, please contact Vickie Thomas.

Electronic Reserves

In addition to Traditional Library Reserves, some materials may be available through the College's Learning Management Systems on a 24/7 basis:

Video Reserves

Videos are generally only put on reserve for the week(s) needed. Faculty may check out the videos to play in the classroom; students are limited to Library Use Only. Please send your screening list and any other questions to Derek McMullen.

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.

Group Study Room Reservations

To reserve Millard's group study room (including same day use), please fill out this form:

Room Reservation Form

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