The Corcoran Library supports the teaching and research goals of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design. The Library staff selects books, journals, multimedia, and electronic materials to support students’ educational endeavors. The Library staff communicates, consults, and collaborates with students and faculty; provides one-on-one reference/research assistance in person, by phone, e-mail, and instant messaging; instructs classes on how to effectively use library resources. Many of the resources are available on the library website at http://www.corcoran.edu/library.
The Corcoran Library’s collection is a highly specialized art and design collection available for circulation to enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, the Library’s collection contains general materials in the arts & humanities and the social sciences. The collection is made up of approximately 35,000 monograph volumes, including a valuable Artists’ Book collection of approximately 200 titles; 32,000 image slides; and over 1,200 DVDs and videos. The Library also subscribes to approximately 200 print magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. Students have on- and off-campus access to 38 electronic databases with over 20,000 electronic journals, magazines, and newspapers.
The Library offers one-on-one research assistance to Corcoran students. Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment to receive individualized assistance.
The Library provides Wi-Fi and has several outlet stations for students to plug-in their personal notebook computers and handheld devices. In addition, the Library has four public terminals equipped with internet and Microsoft Word. Students are permitted to check their personal email and write papers on these computers, but due to the limited number of public terminals, priority will be given to students who wish to conduct research.
The purpose of this section is to establish the rules that govern the appropriate use of the Library computers. The Library reserves the right to monitor its computer resources to protect the integrity of the computing systems, to track problems, and to insure equal and appropriate access to all Library users. All computer stations should be used in a responsible manner, respecting the rights of others, and abiding by the local and federal laws. Students should also observe the Information Technology policies in this handbook.
Library research by enrolled students is granted the highest priority. Recreational use and personal communications are given the lowest priority. The Library staff has the right to ask students using the equipment for non-classroom related activities to vacate a computer station for another student who needs it for educational research use.
The following are basic rules for using the Corcoran Library computers:
Note: The Corcoran Library does not supply equipment to store and transport files.
Students witnessing a violation of stated policies should notify a Corcoran Library staff member.
First Violation: A Library staff member will directly tell the user to refrain from the inappropriate actions.
Second Violation: A Library staff member will ascertain the user’s name and write a report describing the violation. One copy will be sent to the student, one copy will be filed in the Library, and a third copy will be sent to the dean of students.
Third Violation: A Library staff member will contact the Student Conduct Committee, which may lead to the loss of computer privileges or legal action. Certain violations of the Library computer policy could constitute a criminal offense.
There are no laws that govern the accuracy or the truthfulness of information on the Internet. Therefore, the Corcoran Library is not responsible for the content, timeliness, or accuracy of the information downloaded from or accessed on the Internet. It is the user’s responsibility to determine the suitability of the content for their research needs. Furthermore, students using materials obtained from the Internet for research must provide citation(s) for the materials.