Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, February 2016, no. 17

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Alfred Sisley: Les petits prés au printemps, 1880. Oil on canvas, Tate London.

Spring Calendar:


Jan. 30-31: CLOSED
Feb. 6: 12pm-6pm
Feb. 7: CLOSED
Feb. 8: 9am - 4pm
Feb. 14: 12pm - 6pm
Feb. 15: CLOSED
May 30: CLOSED



Regular Hours:


Monday - Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 12pm-6pm



*Please check the library website for Up-to-date Library hours, holiday hours and closures

2. Course Reserves

Many of your course readings will be posted on Canvas. You may also find some on our Course Reserve shelves, located near the scan station.

  • Books on course reserve my only be used in the library
  • Arranged by professor / course name
  • Books may be scanned or photocopied


As always, the scan station is easy to use and free!

3. Spring Semester Loans

Students may check out up to 6 books + 6 DVDs at any time.

Most of the circulating collection has a 1 week loan period and the DVDs have a 3 day loan period. Check your due dates online!

You may renew books online before the due date by logging into your library account.


Please Remember:

All Books and DVDs checked out after Dec 14 were due January 29 !

4. Can't find a book in our collection?

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Here are the steps to take:



1. Find the item in a local library by searching the title in Worldcat.org (fastest)


2. Ask a librarian if the book can be purchased + added to the collection. nylibrary@sia.edu (2 days - 3 weeks)

3. Request the item via Inter-library Loan by emailing the details to ill@sia.edu (4 days - 4 weeks)

5. Consulting Past Sotheby's Institute of Art New York Theses

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Looking for examples of past Sotheby's Institute or Art New York theses?


Theses from all three programmes are available in two different formats:



  1. Hardbound, print copies of all SIA-NY theses from 2007 onward that earned distinction are included in the library catalogue. They are for library use only and can be requested at the front desk.
  2. Full-text online versions of all SIA-NY theses (distinction and otherwise) from 2011 onward are available in the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. This is a link to a small, searchable sub-set of the ProQuest database that only contains SIA-NY theses.



For a list of theses by programme, use the ProQuest database advanced search option, select DEP (department) as the first search criteria from the first dropdown list and then type either:

- art business

- contemporary art

- american fine and decorative art


Check the SIA Theses section of the library website for more information on how to search for and locate both SIA theses and theses and dissertations from other institutions.

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In 2003, the ambitious renovation of one of the world's greatest museums began. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, home to a glorious collection including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, was supposed to reopen its doors in 2008 after five years of construction. But from the start, the project was opposed by unyielding bureaucrats and public resistance. The museum directors battled politicians, designers, curators and even the Dutch Cyclists Union as they struggled to complete the renovation and put its massive collection back on public display. Five years late, with costs exceeding half a billion dollars, the museum finally reopened.


This epic documentary captures the entire story from design to completion, offering a fly-on-the-wall perspective on one of the most challenging museum construction projects ever conceived. With its decade-long scope, the film reveals a surprisingly dramatic story that art and architecture lovers will not want to miss.


The New Rijksmuseum

7. Our Periodicals, Journals & Magazine Collection

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You will find current issues of periodicals and magazines available to read in the reading room, which you may pull and re-shelve yourself.

Our subscriptions are organized alphabetically beginning with the light gray bookcase on the cathedral side of the reading room.


Need an earlier issue? Ask us! We have back issues in on-site storage for most of the journals on display in the reading room.

List of journals held in the library.

New Art Fiction Books

Just for fun ... Letters and Lists of Note

Two fun and fascinating books of letters and lists from the popular blogs by Shaun Usher:


Letters of Note

- the website ; the book


Lists of Note

- the website ; the book

About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library

Lauren Puzier, Acting Head Librarian

Leah McGowan, Reference Librarian

Kaitlyn Curtis, Library Assistant

Edward Orlowski, Scarlett Taylor, and Rosalie Marfuggi, Graduate Assistants