For Faculty

Borrowing Privileges

Faculty may borrow materials for the length of the semester. Students may borrow materials for a 3-week period. Both faculty and students may renew their books online. More information.

Suggest a Purchase

Suggest a Purchase Form

Can't find something in our collection? The Library is happy to order material to support your teaching, research, and art. 

Please note: For out of print material, you may need to submit an InterLibrary Loan request and we will borrow it from another library. Faculty may also place personal copies of material on our reserve shelf.

Print Reserves

Faculty may place required course-related materials on reserve with a restricted loan period of four hours. This service allows many people to share access to assigned titles over the course of the semester. Library materials and your personal copies of books, slides, DVDs, etc. can be held for your students. Check our online catalog for library holdings. If the Library does not own a copy of the material, we encourage you to bring in a personal copy to be placed on reserve. No need to worry about its safety - reserve materials are not permitted to leave the Library. If we find your students are indeed using the materials, we will consider purchasing a copy for the Library. Personal copies should be delivered to the Library information desk. You must be registered to use the Library to place items on reserve. 

To request reserves, contact Access Librarian Tansy Matthews at or (202) 639-1822. You can also fill out a Reserve Materials Request Form.

Please submit requests at least two weeks before the class begins. Reserve lists will be available for you and your students to view in the Corcoran Library Online Catalog. All reserves are removed at the end of each semester.


Beginning with Spring semester 2013, the Library will no longer support course pages, as the Corcoran has migrated to Blackboard.

We will be happy to help you locate print and electronic articles, but we cannot scan material or post it to BlackBoard. There is a printer in the Library that will scan to a USB drive.

For assistance posting material to BlackBoard, please contact Ramona Williams (

If you have successfully posted material to BlackBoard, but students cannot access it off-campus, please check to make sure that you have added the correct URL prefix to the link: For example, if you want to link to this article:, you would use the URL:

Consultations with Library Staff

Library staff are available to collaborate with faculty on research assignments and personal research. Assignment collaboration will clarify possible sources of information and identify potential roadblocks. Faculty may also want to combine course integrated instruction with assignments (see below). 

Liaison Program

The Corcoran Library liaison program has been temporarily suspended.



DepartmentLibrary Staff LiaisonFaculty Liaison
Art & the Book, BAPat Reid, 202-478-1545Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Art Education, MA & MATMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Annie Storr
Art Studies, BAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Bernard Welt
Digital Media Design, BFA     Mario Ascencio, 202-478-1543

Antje Kharchi

Exhibition Design, MAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Clare Brown
Fine Art, BFAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Pat Autenrieth
Fine Art Photography, BFATansy Matthews, 202-639-1822Claudia Smigrod
Graphic Design, BFAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Johan Severtson
Interior Design, BFAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Erin Miller
Interior Design, MAMario Ascencio, 202-478-1543Jonathan Healey
New Media Photojournalism, MATansy Matthews, 202-639-1822Susan Sterner
Photojournalism, BFATansy Matthews, 202-639-1822Claudia Smigrod

The library staff liaison is responsible for the following:


  • Taking appointments with students to assist them with their research and information needs
  • Creating and managing research guides useful to the department


  • Providing library instruction and/or coordinating the instruction via our Instruction Coordinator Jacqueline Protka
  • Collaborating with faculty to integrate information literacy into the curriculum

Collection Development

  • Responding to the department's books and media purchase requests
  • Meeting with the department to discuss major library budget allocations for periodicals and databases
  • Promoting the Corcoran Archival Network for the Visual Arts (CANVAS) Digital Collections within the department, and determining potential CANVAS collections that would benefit the department


  • Attending departmental meetings as needed to update faculty about new resources and library technologies
  • Periodically sending email reminders about deadlines, such as course reserves and e-reserves
  • Being knowledgeable about the department's curriculum, and faculty exhibitions and publications
  • Coordinating outreach and marketing events with the department
  • Participating in departmental events whenever possible

The faculty department liaison is responsible for the following:

  • Promoting library services to fellow faculty and students
  • Gathering and forwarding purchase requests from fellow faculty in the department
  • Being knowledgeable about the Library's collections as they relate to the department
  • Helping the Library identify gaps in our collections, including databases, print journals, books, and media
  • Being knowledgeable about the department's (student & faculty) information needs
  • Inviting the library liaison to appropriate departmental meetings

Course Integrated Instruction

Course Integrated Instruction has been temporarily suspended. To discuss options for library instruction, please contact Tansy Matthews ( / 202-639-1822)

Library staff can conduct sessions with your class tailored to a variety of courses and assignments.

Requesting a Session

Library Instruction Request Form

Please allow us at least two week's notice to prepare for your class instruction. Prior to the session we will review relevant course materials, prepare a class plan, and go over the class content and format with you. We encourage you to schedule sessions around the time you distribute an assignment to increase student motivation and learning. Plan to be present at the instruction session. Your input stresses the importance of research instruction and enhances the session.

Session Basics

With your input, library staff will design instruction sessions to support course objectives, incorporate information literacy competency standards, complement the syllabus, and prepare students for written or studio research assignments. Successful sessions are usually linked to a specific assignment at the time your students begin their research. Sessions are held in your classroom, so that we may use the overhead projector. We ask you to encourge students to bring their own mobile devices the day of the session (laptops, tablets, or smartphones). Depending on the topic covered, sessions can take from 15-90 minutes. Below are some sample sessions to provide ideas about what can be covered and the length of time needed.

Librarians are also available to consult with a faculty member on the development of research assignments in order to clarify possible information sources or potential roadblocks.

Sample Sessions 

Introduction to the Corcoran Library

Introduce your class to the Corcoran Library and its resources with this 45-60 minute session. This session can include:

  • An overview of the Library's collections
  • Points of service, e.g., borrowing material, information desk, course reserves, photocopying and scanning
  • An overview of the Library's website contents, e.g., online catalog, research and images databases, virtual reference services
  • Interpreting call numbers to find material

Introduction to Research

These sessions can be a basic introduction to library research or can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific project or class. At least 60 minutes should be alloted for these sessions which can include:

  • Advanced searching strategies in the Corcoran Library Online Catalog
  • Using subscription databases such as JSTOR and Art Full Text effectively
  • How to evaluate websites and other free online resources
  • Group exercises to gain experience using library resources (requires students to bring their own mobile devices)

Image Resource Instruction

An in-depth look at how to find images using both print and web-based resources. These 60 minute or longer sessions can include:

  • Locating images in print based materials
  • Using specific image databases like ARTstor and AP Images
  • Evaluating images and databases on the web

Additional Modules

These 10-20 minute modules can stand alone, or be incorporated into one of the sessions above:

  • Bibliography and citation management (Zotero)
  • Citing sources and avoiding plagarism
  • Concept mapping
  • Researching an object
  • Evaluating information - thinking critically about print and online sources
  • Beyond the Corcoran Library - research resources in Washington, D.C.
  • Resource refreshers - short sessions focused on one resource, such as ARTstor or Academic Search Complete