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 (www.lib.collegeforcreativestudies.edu),
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) (http://www.semlol.org). 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.