- Meyer Library on the Oakland campus is the original library of the college, founded in 1907. Its collections focus on the fine arts and the general undergraduate course of study.
- Simpson Library on the San Francisco campus was established in 1986 to support the architecture and design programs, and also has resources for fine arts, film, and writing.
You can find that information from the dropdown menu under Library Info » Hours
Your CCA student ID card is your library card. Take it to the circulation desk at either library to obtain a library barcode. The registration process takes about 5 minutes.
Bring your items plus your current student ID/library card to the library circulation desk.
There's a maximum of 15 items for undergraduate students; 20 items for graduate students.
- Books: 2 weeks
- Videos: 2 days
- Current magazines: 2 days (back issues do not circulate)
You may renew books up to three times, and magazines and videos once, unless someone else also needs the item and has placed a hold on it.
Renew online using the Renew books link on the library homepage
- Type in your name and your CCA library barcode
- Submit, and then view and renew items that are currently checked out to you
- If you can't renew online you may also renew by phone (415.703.9558 or 510.594.3658) or in-person at either library.
Materials may be returned to either library. In San Francisco, return items to the circulation attendant at the desk next to the front door. If the library is closed there is a return box outside the front door of the library. In Oakland, place items in the circulation box slot at the front circulation desk. When the library is closed there is a return slot between the front doors of Meyer Library.
Yes, for overdue materials or items that have been damaged or lost. Library fines may be paid at either library. Administrative holds will be placed on students' records for unpaid library bills.
- Books: 25¢ per day
- Magazines/Videos: 50¢ per day
- Reserve Items: 25¢/hr 50¢/day
- Billing fee: $10 non-refundable, once item is 5 weeks overdue
- Processing fee: $20 for lost or damaged items, plus an additional $25 if out of print
Reserve readings are shelved behind the circulation desk of the appropriate library. To see if the material you need has been submitted, go to the Course Reserve Search page or use the library catalog pull-down menu on the library homepage to search by either Course or Instructor Name.
If you want a book or video that's listed in the catalog but not on the shelf, bring the title and call number to the circulation desk. Your request will be entered into the tracking system, and you can find out when the book is ready for you by checking your patron record from the View Record link. The item will then be held for one week at the circulation desk of the library you specified.
If you cannot get to the other campus, you may request up to three books per day via the circulation desk. If you need help determining the specific item to request, ask a reference librarian for advice. Delivery takes 24-72 hours. Reference books and periodicals are not usually available via this service.
You can check out materials from many other libraries in the Bay Area. If you're having trouble finding something, you can always consult with a librarian. We may be able to obtain the item from another library for you after it is determined that there are no other alternatives.
- Submit a recommendation using the Recommend a purchase link on the library homepage OR
- Tell a librarian what you'd like by phone, email, or in-person
- Article databases (including full-text journal articles)
- Online dictionaries and encyclopedias, such as Oxford Art Online and Encyclopedia Britannica
- Digital image resources, such as ARTstor and licensed image resources
- A self-service Picture File in Meyer Library
- Slides for use in classroom presentations (generally by faculty and grad students)
- Archives and special collections which can be referenced by appointment
- Theses by CCA/C alumni
- A non-circulating New Materials Resource Center
- A web search engine limited to authoritative art and design sites
- Research guides and a self-paced online library skills tutorial
- Computer workstations for library research and for word processing and internet searching
- Printers (black & white laser) & PCs for adding funds to acct
- Wireless networking hubs
- Photocopiers, change or bills required
- Papercutter, stapler, and hole-punch
- Monitors for video and DVD viewing
- And, of course, tables and chairs for reading and studying
- NO cell phone usage
- NO eating of food
- DON'T spill your beverages
- DON'T mark or alter library materials in any way
- Use the contact form to reach a staff member
- Call SF (415.703.9574) or Oakland (510.594.3658)
- Come to the libraries and visit with a librarian in-person!