Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, Sept. 2017, No. 27

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Robert Reid, Autumn Sunlight, oil on board, 90.8x60.3 cms., Private Collection, Photo © Christie's Images, accessed August 10, 2017, Bridgeman Education.

Fall 2017 Library Hours

Library hours for the Fall 2017 semester are:

September 5 - December 15, 2017

Monday: 9 am - 8 pm

Tuesday: 9 am - 8 pm

Wednesday: 9 am - 8 pm

Thursday: 9 am - 8 pm

Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 1 pm - 7 pm

We will have extended hours for mid-terms and finals. Please check Canvas and the Library's website for any announcements.

The Library will be closed on the following days:

November 23- 24

Please keep in mind that Library hours are subject to change. Please check the Library's website or e-mail us at for the most up-to-date hours.

Need help with research?

Are you just starting on a project or paper and need some pointers on where to go? Book a Research Appointment with one of the librarians! We can help steer you in the right direction so you can find what you are looking for. Click on the button below to book/

How to Access Your Library Account

Every student has a library account here at SIA. In your library account, you can view your current loans, overdue loans, past loan history and reservations. You can also renew books in your account. To see how to do all of this, check out the video below:
My Library Account 2016

Group Study Space now in the Library!

The Librarians moved offices and the back office is now our new Group Study Room! Feel free to use the room to collaborate with your group mates or as a space to do homework with friends. We will provide you with whiteboard markers to write your ideas out on the white board wall.

This room is NOT soundproof so please be courteous to those who may be outside doing work.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

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The American Library Association declared September as the National Library Card Sign-Up Month! How can you participate?

As a SIA-NY Student, you have some of the greatest art research libraries in the country all around you! You can sign-up for library cards at these art institutions:

Curious on how to sign up? Click on any of the libraries you are interested in having a library card for. You can also visit the Library's "Local Libraries" page.

New edition of The Chicago Manual of Style
The 17th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style debuted this September and while most of it has remained the same, these are just a few highlights:

  • preferred use of shortened citations over" ibid"
  • legal and public document citation changes to conform to new edition of The Bluebook
  • new citations for social media content, paintings, photographs, sculpture, live performances and more!

To get a more comprehensive list of changes, click here. Need to know how to cite something fast? You can check out The Chicago Manual of Style Online Citation Quick Guide. We recommend bookmarking this page for easy access while writing papers.

Please be sure to check out the new edition, as the 16th edition is now out of date.

Events to Check Out

Art and Journalism, Past and Present: Eugene Richards, Sam Stephenson, and Arezzo Moseni

Tuesday, Sep. 19th, 6:30-8:30pm

476 5th Avenue

New York, NY

From the Art Talks event page on

"Explore the work of two seminal documentary photographers, captured in two beautiful new books: Gene Smith's Sink, the new biography by Sam Stephenson on photography's most celebrated humanist, W.Eugene Smith; and The Run-On of Time, the first comprehensive and critical look at the work of Eugene Richards, a photographer following in Smith's tradition. Stephenson and Richards will speak with Arezzo Moseni to explore the tensions and overlaps of art and journalism, and the relevance and necessity of both to our time more than ever."

This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

Ex Libris - The New York Public Library

Wednesday, Sep. 13th, 12:15pm to Tuesday, Sep. 26th, 7:45pm

209 West Houston Street

New York, NY

From Film Forum's site:

"Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions...and now-in his 43rd film in 50 years- the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style. If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you're in for a big, wonderful surprise! The NYPL owns (and makes accessible) millions of images; sponsors lectures by people like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; circulates a growing collection of e-books; maintains a vast archive of materials not available online; and gives classes in digital technology. The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life."
If you're curious to know where the closest NYPL branch to SIA is, look no further than the subway! The Terence Cardinal Cooke-Cathedral Library is just around the corner from us- just go to the subway entrance over Starbucks and Godiva.
On Kanopy, SIA's Netflix-streaming video service, you can watch classic films in the Criterion Collection. Watch The Red Balloon, All Quiet on the Western Front, Eraserhead, and more!

Watch other documentaries and films on Kanopy!

Looking for some new movies or films to watch over the summer break? Check out Kanopy, the library's Netflix-like streaming video service! Access Kanopy by either clicking the button below or going to the library's E-Resources page and selecting Kanopy.

Frank E. Buttolph collected over 25,000 menus in her lifetime in an effort to preserve culinary history. Her collection is housed at NYPL and includes menus from significant periods of history. Be sure to check out this article to learn more!

About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library

Leah McGowan, Acting Head Librarian
Kaitlyn Curtis, Reference and Cataloguing Librarian

Scott Davis, Library Assistant
Rachel Shaw, Caro Mierins, Elizabeth Howell, Agne Skinderskyte, Emily Cheng, Yao Ma, SolAh Hwang, Elena Bermudez de Castro, Student Assistants