What's the difference between Meyer and Simpson Library?
  • 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.
What are the hours, addresses, and phone numbers?

You can find that information from the dropdown menu under Library Info » Hours

How do I get a library card?

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.

How do I check out library materials?

Bring your items plus your current student ID/library card to the library circulation desk.

Is there a limit on checkouts?

There's a maximum of 15 items for undergraduate students; 20 items for graduate students.

How long may I keep things?
  • 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.

How can I renew things I've checked out?

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.
Where do I return items?

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.

Are there fines?

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
Where do I get a reserve reading?

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.

How do I place items on hold?

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.

How do I get a book from the other campus?

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.

How do I get a book or article that is not available at the CCA Libraries?

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.

How do I recommend something the Libraries should buy?
  • 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
How do I find out what's in the CCA Libraries?
  • Search the library catalog for books, videos, and journals that are on the shelves.
What other information resources do the CCA Libraries have?
What else is available in the CCA Libraries?
  • Computer workstations for library research and for word processing and internet searching
  • Printers (black & white laser)
  • 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
Can I bring food into the library?
  • We don't allow food, but drinks are fine.
What if I need more information or assistance?
  • 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!