Image Collections

Luna is the digital software that organizes CCS’s extensive digital image collections. A login and password are required to obtain institutional content.

There are two collections:

  1. CCS Images for Teaching which is our local collection and consists of approximately 65,000 images, and AMICA, which consists of digital images contributed by twenty-one art museums.
  2. Additionally, Luna Commons is a group of free access collections enabled by the software company. An external search tool also allows users to pull in images from Flickr. Faculty must obtain basic training and sign a contract in order to obtain high-resolution images suitable for classroom use. Visual Resources provides search help and fills image requests – both general and specific.

Loan Periods

A current CCS ID must be presented to borrow library materials. Loan periods for library materials are as follows:
Books: one semester
Vertical File Materials: two weeks

Periodicals: one day. This includes both current and back issues.

Closed Reserve Books: one day. Closed Reserve books are permanently shelved behind the circulation desk; this collection includes preserved and irreplaceable materials.

Open Reserve Books: Two weeks. Open Reserve books are shelved on the row next to the reference desk and have red tape on the spine above the call number level. These are heavily used, standard resources which are on open shelving for browsing and use in the library. They only need to be checked out if you wish to take them out of the library.

Reference Books: Reference books may not be taken out of the library.

Videos and Films: Please contact the library and reserve the video or film title that you will be using in your class at least two days ahead of your class date. The loan period is four hours. If you wish to preview a video and it has not been reserved by someone else, you may check it out overnight only. Materials may be returned to either library.


The Library Director oversees all library operations, collections, and technology. The director works with the faculty, students and staff to develop library collections and services. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Library Committee of Faculty Assembly that works to establish library policies and to communicate those policies to the CCS community. The director provides for research assistance and instruction to students, faculty and staff.


CCS has two libraries to serve its undergraduate and graduate programs. The main library, housed in the Manoogian Visual Resource Center on the Ford campus, contains nearly 60,000 volumes, 267 periodicals, and over 2,500 DVDs, approximately 90 percent of which are related to art and design. The Color & Materials Library, located on the ninth floor in the A. Alfred Taubman Design Center, houses a unique collection of over 7,000 books, 75 periodicals, and over 3,500 physical materials that are primarily focused on design.

The online public access catalog is automated (,
and allows for a number of searching options of the CCS collections. While logged into their account, students, faculty and staff can look up current checkouts, place holds, and request materials for interlibrary loan or acquisition Both libraries have wi-fi capability, and all computers are equipped with Internet access and word processing software. The libraries subscribe to eighteen electronic databases, which are specific to art and design, and an additional seventy general education and newspaper databases through the College’s consortium with the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services. Beginning with the fall, 2014 semester, the Library has subscribed to an academic e-book collection of more than 115,000 titles. Remote access to all electronic resources is available through e-z proxy via the College’s Blackboard portal. Document delivery needs and interlibrary loan services are also available for resources the libraries do not hold or are unable to acquire. In addition, currently registered students have borrowing privileges at Detroit Public Library, Wayne State University libraries, and a number of other academic institutions through CCS’s membership in SEMLOL (Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries) ( Access to Wayne State University’s public catalog can be found on the CCS Library Blackboard page. Suggestions for library acquisitions by faculty, students and staff are given the highest priority.

Bibliographic sessions are available in a dedicated lab located on the Ford Campus, which is equipped with a LED projector/screen and 18 computer stations that allow students tactile instruction. In-class instruction and ad-hoc workshops are offered on both campuses Numerous handouts have also been developed targeted to specific student issues, including writing, scholarly research searching, citation of sources, plagiarism, and evaluation of Internet sources All handouts are available on Blackboard.