About the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

Its valuable print holdings and the access it provides to all the major art and architecture databases make the Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library the best of its kind in the region.

The Library holds over 105,000 art and architecture volumes in various media including over 800 videos and DVDS and over 1600 journal titles, and subscribes to the foremost electronic article indexes, e-book reference works, and digital image databases as well as lesser known specialized electronic resources that support the research needs of faculty. The digital image databases deliver through the Web a critical mass of visual images for teaching and learning to all faculty and students. Through the Washington University Libraries system, Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library users have access to over 230 online databases to support interdisciplinary research. The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library web site helps users quickly find print and electronic resources and gives tips for searching effectively. The collections and access are planned to serve the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts and the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Art Special Collections is a 3,400 volume collection of rare and unique art and design printed materials located at the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library. The main focus of Art Special Collections is illustrated books, prints, and photographs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights of the collection include 19th century French caricatures, illuminated manuscript facsimiles, important works on design from the 19th century, catalogue raisonnés, and illustrated books that serve as examples of various printing techniques. Art and design students have access to these primary sources as part of their curriculum through classroom visits to use special collections materials in the library’s seminar room. This collection continues to grow based upon the teaching and research needs of Sam Fox School faculty.

For more information, read the article in the WU Libraries’ publication Off the Shelf: The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library: A Community Treasure (pdf)

Reference services at the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library are provided via e-mail, chat, telephone and in-person. Individual reference help is available by appointment, and during designated library hours. Subject-specific group instruction sessions are offered by prior arrangement.

Art History

Contact Rina Vecchiola, 935-7658, rvecchio@wustl.edu

Reference, instruction, and tours for art history disciplines.

Studio Arts and Architecture

Contact Jennifer Akins,935-4377, jakins@wustl.edu

Reference, instruction, and tours for studio art and architecture disciplines.

The Art & Architecture Library collection includes both circulating and non-circulating materials. All borrowers with current Washington University ID have borrowing privileges for circulating materials. In addition, Registered Missouri Architects may apply for a one year, renewable Courtesy card.

Borrowing Periods

  • Faculty – 90 days
  • Graduate students – 60 days
  • Undergraduates – 28 days
  • Courtesy card and MOBIUS borrowers – 21 days

Non-circulating collections

  • Reference materials
  • “Library Use Only” designated materials
  • Periodicals
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • All Special Collections materials

Limited circulation

  • Videos & dvds circulate for one week (non-W.U. users limited to Library Use Only)
  • CDs for one week (non-W.U. users limited to Library Use Only)
  • Bound Periodicals:
    W.U. faculty (for one week only)
    W.U. grad students (for one day only)
  • Some Library Use Only (LUO) materials may be checked out for one week (W.U. faculty only)

Renewals & Fines

Books and other circulating materials may be renewed unless requested by another user. Any borrowed material may be recalled after two weeks. Renew items by using the My Catalog function of the Library Catalog. Renewals may also be made in person or by phone.

Fines can be avoided by renewing items before they are due. Overdue materials accrue at the rate of 20 cents per day per item, and recalled materials accrue at the rate of 40 cents per day per item. Reserve materials accrue at the rate of 60 cents per hour per item for Desk Reserve materials, and $1.00 per day per item for 1-Day and 3-Day Reserve materials. Videos, dvds, cdroms, and bound periodicals all accrue at the rate of $1.00 per day per item.

Special Collections Resources

Art Special Collections materials are available for use in the library Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 6:30pm and Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm.
Materials from Art Special Collections are not to be photocopied or scanned without prior approval by a librarian.

Art Special Collections materials may not be taken outside the library, a photo ID is needed to view items.

Faculty Proxy Borrowing Policy

The Olin Library System of Washington University offers a service to full-time and emeritus faculty members allowing them to designate proxy borrowers who may perform library transactions on their behalf. This service is a privilege intended to assist faculty with their library research by granting designated research assistants faculty library privileges when these assistants are performing library transactions for the faculty member. The card is not to be used for the research assistant’s personal research. Eligible faculty members are limited to one designated proxy borrower at a time.

The proxy borrowing card is non-transferable and gives the bearer full faculty borrowing privileges. Faculty members are responsible for all library materials borrowed on the proxy borrowing card. Proxy borrowing cards will be given unique patron numbers which are different from the borrowing numbers of the faculty member or research assistant. All recall and overdue notices and lost book charges will be sent to the faculty member for resolution.

Applications for the proxy borrowing card may be obtained form the Circulation Unit of Olin or departmental libraries of the Olin Library System. The proxy borrowing card will be issued by the Circulation Staff in Olin, only after the application form has been completed. The faculty member may designate the time period for which the proxy borrowing card will be valid: however, the validation period will not be extend beyond August 31st of any given year.

In case a proxy borrowing card is lost, the faculty member is responsible for all library materials borrowed on the card unil the loss is reported to the Circulation Unit. The borrower member of the lost card will then be blocked to prevent fraudulent use.

For further information regarding the proxy borrowing policy, contact the Supervisor of the Circulation Unit at 935-5423; email circ@wumail.wustl.edu.

The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library facilities include equipment and computers, as well as study and meeting rooms.

Equipment & Computers

Computers are available for library users, with access to the Libraries’ catalogs and web site as well as Internet access. Workstations are networked to a public printing station. The public computers include software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, Windows Media, QuickTime, Zotero, Mendeley and Firefox.

A universal VHS/DVD player is available for viewing items from the Library’s audiovisual collection.

Printing and copying: The Libraries provide printing and copying services to members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff) using a color, multi-function printer. The system requires the use of a WUSTL KEY login. Faculty and staff require funds in their Campus Card account or a departmental account (check with your department.)

The Libraries no longer provide printing and copying services for guests and visitors who are not members of the Washington University community. In lieu of printing and copying services, a number of scanner-equipped computers are provided throughout the Libraries where guests and visitors can scan documents and save them to a USB flash drive or e-mail them to an address of their choosing. In addition, documents created on Library public computers can also be saved to a USB flash drive or e-mailed to an address of the user’s choosing.

More information about Print and Copy Services can be found here.

Scanning Stations: Five self-service scanners are provided for the scanning of library materials. There is one KIC Bookeye 4 scanner in the copy room. Two small flatbed scanners are next to the VHS/DVD player, and two larger flatbed scanners are in the copy room. Scans may be saved to a USB storage device or saved and emailed. Storage media is not provided by the Library but may be purchased at the campus bookstore. Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and Photoshop are available on the computers attached to the scanners next to the VHS/DVD player, and Creative Cloud is available on the two scanning computers in the copy room.

Cameras: Two handheld video cameras and one DSLR camera are available for members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff) to check out for a period of up to one week. They can be checked out and in by full-time library staff members only, and cannot be renewed.

Chargers: The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library has a number of chargers available for cell phones as well as Apple laptops that can be checked out at the front desk.

A list of other technology items available for loan at the Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library can be found here.

Study & Meeting Rooms

Rome Seminar Room: Library users may reserve the Rome Seminar Room at the service desk or by contacting the library. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be scheduled up to three hours at a time. The seminar room cannot be reserved for a regularly scheduled class. Arriving more than 15 minutes late forfeits the reservation. Scheduling priority is given to library instruction sessions.

Graduate Study Room: The Graduate Study Room is available on a request basis to graduate students in the Department of Art History and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. Students in the Department of Art History are eligible for locker and shelf space in the room.