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.
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 or Shelley Forbes.
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.
The Library collects items primarily related to the art and design curriculum. Requests are welcome.
Otis does not have an official Inter-Library Loan 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.
There are many other Los Angeles-area libraries available that the Otis Community may find useful.
Otis Graduate Students may, on a limited basis, acquire check-out privileges at the Loyola Marymount Hannon Library. Please contact Shelley Forbes at the circulation desk for details regarding eligibility.