Library Newsletter

Sotheby's Institute of Art NY Library, December 2015, no. 16

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1. Library Holiday Hours

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Library Winter Break Hours:


Friday, December 18: 9am - 5pm

Saturday, December 19: CLOSED

Sunday, December 20: CLOSED

Monday, December 21: 9am - 4pm


The Library will be CLOSED - Tuesday, December 22 through Sunday, January 10.


Monday, January 12 through Sunday, January 25 the library will be open:

- Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm



Up-to-date Library hours are available on the Hours page on the Library website.

2. Why can't I bring coffee and snacks into the library?

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​Food and drinks are not permitted in the library (this includes the library reading room) at Sotheby's Institute of Art.


The entire library collection is in a very (very!) small space. Crumbs, food refuse and wrappers in the rubbish bins quickly and easily attract bugs and liquids including water can lead to mold. Both are very dangerous to our collection.


We do have a small exception to the rule:



  • Beverages? - Yes, you can bring coffee, tea, water, etc in the library reading room - BUT - it MUST be in a completely sealed container. Your SIA Contigo Travel Mug is spill-proof!
  • Take-away- and coffee machine-style cups with plastic snap on lids are not permitted in the library as they can leak and spill. If you turn it upside down or knock it off a table does any liquid come out? If your spill test results are completely dry then your beverage container is welcome in the library.



Food? - Please eat all food outside the library. The lounge area on the other side of the floor is only a few steps away and is now open and available the same hours as the library.


Please help us keep the library collection safe and the reading room clean and conducive to study and keep all food and unsealed beverages out of the library.

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4. Winter Break Loans

Books and DVDs checked out after Monday, December 14 will be due Friday, January 29 2016 ~ Enjoy!

5. Study Late At NYU Bobst Library

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NYU Bobst Library is one of the largest academic research libraries in the city and offers graduate level research collections in art and business.

Sotheby's Institute - New York MA and GC students have reader privileges at Bobst Library. What does this mean?

  • Bobst is a great study space option for students, with plenty of seating and quiet-study areas. Study late! Bobst is open until 1am.



The first time visiting Bobst will require you to stop at the Library Privileges Desk to receive an access sticker on your SIA ID card. Third semester students who requested extended Bobst access beyond Oct 31. 2015 will need to pick a new sticker at Bobst as well.


More information on NYU Bobst Library access for Sotheby's Institute of Art - New York students.

6. Return Library Books And Check Your Due Dates

Please return any library books you no longer need to the circulation desk at the library before break.


You can log into your library account to see a full list of books you have checked-out as well as any overdue items.

7. Legal Research Resources

- Check out our Art Law Guide to get started
- You can find art law materials in the library by browsing the K section (in the first stack near the windows)
- Our top databases for legal research: LexisNexis + HeinOnline

Check out Professor Judith Prowda's publication Visual Arts and the Law: A Handbook for Professionals
Call #: KF4288.P76 2013

8. How Do I ...

Searching HeinOnline for Law Review Articles

New York Library - Hein Online Legal Research
For more online tutorials see the library website > Guides > Online Tutorials Series

9. Some Lighter Material for the Break

About Us

Sotheby's Institute of Art Library
Erin Elliott, Head Librarian

Lauren Puzier, Reference and Cataloging Librarian

Leah McGowan, Reference Librarian

Kaitlyn Curtis, Library Assistant

Christin Blaschke, Edward Orlowski, and Scarlett Taylor, Graduate Assistants