Packard Library

Even the CCAD Library has design in mind.

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere. That’s why the Packard Library has quick access to a huge variety of books, electronic resources, magazines, journals, movies, digital images and many more sources to start your creative projects and keep them going. This is the space to gather information, lay it out and see what grabs you. Whether it’s for class research or a personal interest, the library and its staff are here to help you find what you need when inspiration strikes.

Remote services

Library Services During COVID-19 
For Faculty | For Students

*Contactless holds pickup outside the library in the Canzani Lower Level lobby Monday through Friday12 p.m.—4 p.m.


Library policies

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Packard Library
60 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Summer Hours

Open to visitors Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-- 4 p.m.

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CCAD Archives

Featuring photos, school catalogs, newspaper articles, student publications, yearbooks, slides, negatives and many other items, the CCAD Archives are a collection of just about anything related to the history of the college. A portion of the collection has been digitized and uploaded to Facebook for anyone to view. Have an archive request? Contact us at


Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection at the CCAD library has more than 700 rare books and periodicals, dating from the late 17th century to the present, with particularly strong holdings in printmaking, book arts, architecture, interior design, pattern and ornament, and the history of costume.


Materials Library

The Materials Library provides tangible materials to support and inspire you in your process of thinking, researching and creating. The Packard Library can also link you up with Material ConneXion, an online materials database that gives you access to detailed descriptions, images, usage characteristics and distributor and manufacturer contact.



The collection comprises eight categories:

  • Polymers
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Cement-based materials
  • Natural materials
  • Carbon-based materials
  • Processes


Find articles

OneSearch (starting point)
Finds books from the Library’s catalog and articles from the majority of our subscription databases in one convenient search. For a list of databases not included, click here.

Academic Search Complete (general research database)
Search across subjects; use this database to get started. Magazines and journals on a variety of subjects. Includes full text and scholarly journals.

Art Source (arts research database)
The first stop for arts research. It covers fine arts, contemporary art, art history, architecture, costume design, advertising, interior design, crafts, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and more. With full text for over 750 journals (including many international titles) and citations for even more, plus an image collection, it's a great database to find research on the arts.

Art History Research net (AHRnet)
An invaluable resource for research into the history of modern arts, architecture, and design. It consists of three linked databases:

  • Arts + Architecture ProFILES: A biographical dictionary of modern artists, designers, architects, craftspeople, and photographers.
  • Design Abstracts Retrospective: A retrospective journal abstracting and indexing service.
  • ReVIEW: Digitized, searchable versions of 19th- and early 20th-century art journals.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists (part of Oxford Art Online)

Berg Fashion Library
A unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections—including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images and much more.

Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases
Brings fashion business to life and creates a link between education and industry. Designed to help students develop the essential business skills required by the next generation of fashion industry professionals, this digital resource is global in focus and presents real-world cases on challenges facing the business of fashion, tackling important issues such as sustainability, technology, ethics, and leadership. The resource is tailored to provide the tools to steer students toward success as they transition to a career in fashion.

Business Source Complete
Provides full-text journals in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, and economics. Additional full-text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.

Film and Television Literature Index with full text
The definitive online tool for film and television research. Subject coverage includes film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

Grove Art Online (part of Oxford Art Online)

An archive of important scholarly journals, containing high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed and illustrated. JSTOR is not a current issues database: there is a gap (typically one to five years) between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR. The CCAD Packard Library subscribes to the "Arts & Sciences III" collection.

Material ConneXion 
A database of 7,000 new and innovative materials, including natural materials, sustainable materials, nanotechnology-enabled materials, LED lighting solutions, packaging solutions, "smart" materials, and pigments. Optional: To set up a personal account (with CCAD email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.

OhioLINK Databases
OhioLINK offers more than 140 electronic research databases, including a variety of full-text resources. These databases cover many academic areas at varying levels of detail. Many of the databases are citation indexes.

Oxford Art Online
This major art reference source includes Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Proquest Art, Design and Architecture Collection
A collection of current publications in the visual and applied arts, including the following specialist indexes: ARTbibliographies Modern (modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (design and crafts), the International Bibliography of Art (Western art history), and Arts and Humanities Full Text (current full-text journals).

Sourcing Journal
The premier trade publication for apparel and textile sourcing and manufacturing. Includes updates on global market conditions, breaking news stories, top-tier investigative journalism, and industry white papers.

Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels (Alexander Street)
The first-ever scholarly online collection for researchers and students of adult comic books and graphic novels. This multi-part resource covers the full spectrum of this visual art form, from pre-comics code era works to modern sequential releases from artists the world over.

The Vogue Archive
The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (U.S. edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color-page images. Every page, advertisement, cover, and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing that enables you to find images by garment type, designer, and brand name.

WGSN defines and shapes winning style and design.

  • Accurate trend forecasting
  • CAD design
  • Insightful trend analysis
  • Design and fashion guidance
  • Global fashion expertise
  • Constant information


Find artists

When you discover an artist and can't wait to learn more, we've got you covered. Check out the databases below for information about thousands of contemporary and historical artists.
An online database containing over 200,000 artists from the early 16th century through the present. Access information about artists' biographies, auction records, financial graphics, magazine ads (pre-1998) and images. More than 6,000 museums and dealers are also referenced.

Arts + Architecture ProFILES
A biographical dictionary of modern artists, designers, architects, craftspeople and photographers.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists
With nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day and featuring regular updates, Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists in the English language.

Biography Reference Bank
Biographical information on about a half million people, from antiquity to the present.

Bloomsbury Design Library
From Alvar Aalto to virtual reality design, and from authoritative reference information to innovative scholarly research, the Bloomsbury Design Library provides unrivalled coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day.

Clara: Database of Women Artists
A unique interactive database containing authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists from all time periods and nationalities. The information in Clara® is drawn from the materials in NMWA's extensive Archives on Women Artists.

Contemporary Artists Index
Indexes approximately 20,000 artists, artists groups, photographers, craftspeople, designers and design firms whose work appears in group exhibition catalogs added to the Cleveland Art Institute’s Gund Library since 1991, as well as the video periodical Art Today, and View, a periodical specializing in artist interviews. The index includes Gund Library call numbers.

Oxford Art Online
This major art reference source includes Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Oxford Reference Online
Includes full-text reference books on art and architecture.


Find digital images

We're visual people. Looking for high-quality digital images? Search through the databases below to find pictures of all things art and design.

ARTstor Digital Library
Contains over one million images covering all periods of art, architecture and archeology, including contemporary art and design. ARTstor provides the capability to view and save images into a personal folder and to make presentations. Users must register for ARTstor from an on-campus computer. (This resource is available only to current CCAD faculty, staff and students.)
An online database containing over 200,000 artists from the early 16th century through the present. Access information about artists' biographies, auction records, financial graphics, magazine ads (pre-1998) and images. More than 6,000 museums and dealers are also referenced.

Berg Fashion Library
A unique online portal which offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections — including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, ebooks, reference works, images and more.

Ohio Digital Resource Commons
Provides a robust, statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing — free of charge — the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio's private colleges. Communities in the Digitcal Resource Commons include Art and Architecture, Educational and Instructional Videos, History and Archives, Member Content, OhioLINK Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for more than a decade and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections, comprising more than 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright-cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.

The Vogue Archive
The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (U.S. edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color-page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing that enables you to find images by garment type, designer and brand name.

The worldwide leader in fashion trend forecasting. WGSN enables brilliant design decisions by forecasting, analyzing and reporting on global fashion trends.


Information and services

Check out our state-of-the-art technology. Skim through our citation guidelines. Or go old school and pick up a book.

Audiovisual equipment and computers

Packard Library is stocked with Mac and PC computers, printers, scanners, WACOM tablets, and other gadgets. Check out digital cameras, GoPros, and digital projectors.

Circulation policies

You can check out up to 50 items total with your CCAD ID or a government-issued ID. Books circulate for 21 days and are automatically renewed as long as there are no holds on them. To check your account, click here. You may check out up to 5 DVDs or Blu-Rays at a time. These items circulate for 7 days with automatic renewals. We no longer charge overdue fines for library books and DVDs. However, if an item is more than 30 days overdue, it will go into billing, you will have a $100 replacement charge added to your account, and a stop will be placed on your school account. Once the item is returned, the replacement fee will be removed. If an OhioLINK item has not been returned after 30 days, you will incur a $125 replacement fee. If you return the OhioLINK item, the replacement fee will be removedIf you have a stop on your account, you will not be permitted to check out further materials, use online resources, register for classes, or graduate until the item is returned. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards at the library. You can also pay with a credit card through SelfService.

For more information about the Packard Library’s policies, visit our Library 101 LibGuide.

Citation guides


Citation Machine: Makes it easy to format in APA or MLA style.

ZoteroBib: A free, fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills.

KnightCite: Makes it easy to format references in APA, MLA or Turabian (Chicago) style.

Course reserves

Faculty often place textbooks on reserve. Check for reserve materials online or at the main desk. You’ll need to know your instructor’s name or course number. Reserve items are for use only in the library.

Drawing Supplements

The drawing supplements available for use in the library include 3D skeletons, skulls and wooden mannequins.

The New Centre for Research

The New Centre is an international, non-profit, higher education institute offering graduate & professional-development level certificate programs, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, residencies, and conferences at the intersection of art, technology, media, philosophy, and politics.

CCAD students, faculty, and staff have access to the seminar and roundtable video archive, its numerous seminar-based Google Classrooms (for completed seminars), and its fifteen interactive Re:search Groups on Facebook. Learn more.


Visual Resources Center and Materials Library

The Visual Resources Center is dedicated to providing high-resolution, high-quality digital images for your use in classroom presentations and research. The center has created a local collection of scanned or photographed art images that you can access through an online database ARTstor, along with millions of additional digital images from colleges and universities across the globe.

The Visual Resources and Materials Library are designed for collaborating with faculty to develop digital image collections in JSTOR Forum (formerly Shared Shelf) and display them on ARTstor. We will accommodate as many requests for digital images as possible, but also please remember to provide adequate time and image sources when placing a request. In addition, if you need instruction on the use of digital image software, please see the Shiva Shakeri, Marketing & Outreach Librarian, who can also provide you with passwords and further information. 

Duplication of materials from the Visual and Materials Library is governed by the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Materials borrowed are for teaching purposes only. The borrower assumes responsibility for any infringement of copyright laws.

Materials are for use only in the library. 



Looking for where to start your research? LibGuides will help you find articles, books and reliable websites that can drive your projects and lead you to even more sources.

  • Subject Guides: guides by major or topic
  • Class Guides: guides for specific classes
  • Other Guides: how-to guides on using the library, doing research and services for faculty


Connect to databases from off-campus

CCAD resources: from the CCAD website

• Find the database that you want to use from the CCAD website.
• Click the link. You will be redirected to the CCAD authentication server.
• Enter your last name and the 14-digit barcode number on your CCAD ID card.
• Click "Submit."

OhioLINK resources: from the OhioLINK website

OhioLINK gives you access to other Columbus libraries associated with universities as well as college libraries across the state.

• Find the database that you want to use from the OhioLINK website.
• Click the link. You will be redirected to the OhioLINK authentication server.
• You will be asked to select your institution. Open the pull-down box and select "Columbus College of Art & Design."
• Enter your name and 14 digit barcode number from your CCAD ID card.
• If OhioLINK recognizes you as a valid user, you will then see a message that your authentication was successful.

If you receive an error message while authenticating, try the list of Frequently Asked Questions. This link provides information on user system requirements and compatibility for remote access. If you still can't get access, you may not have a library record. Call us at 614.222.3273 or come into the library.

Renew books

• Go to "My Account."
• Enter your name and 14-digit barcode number from your CCAD ID card.
• Click the "Submit" button.
• Select "Checked Out Items."
• Click either "Renew All" or "Select Specific Items" and then click "Renew Selected Items."
• If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the "STATUS" column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

This does not work if items are already overdue or if there is a hold on the item. Please inquire at 614.222.3273.

Request books from another OhioLINK Library

• To request a book from another OhioLINK library, click on the "Request" link.
• Select "Columbus College of Art & Design" from the drop-down list.
• Type in your name and 14-digit barcode number from CCAD ID card.
• It normally takes three to four business days for the book to arrive on campus. You will receive an email when it has arrived.