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Introduction to the CalArts Library

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Critical Studies Librarian

Performing Arts Librarian

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Sam Crawford
CalArts Library
California Institute of the Arts
24700 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA 91355
Skype Contact: theonetheycallsam

Visual Arts Librarian

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Karen Baxter

Library Film & Image Services
661 253-7880

CalArts Library Closed: Services Available

Due to the measures put in place by the Institute to protect the CalArts community and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the CalArts Library’s physical spaces will be closed until the campus restrictions have been lifted. All digital services will remain fully operational and starting September 8th, 2020, CalArts faculty, staff, and students can request books and other materials for pickup

For help navigating our digital collections, or if you have any other questions, use the blue “Questions?” button at the bottom of this page to speak with a librarian.  

Get to know your librarians!

You may contact any librarian to request an individual meeting. I recommend getting to know the librarian that is affiliated with your school.

  • Not sure who to contact? You can email for general questions. You will receive a response during regular business hours.


Karen Baxter
Visual Arts Librarian
Manager of Film & Image Services

School of Art
School of Film & Video
Samuel Crawford
Performing Arts Librarian
School of Dance
School of Music
School of Theater

Marisa Méndez-Brady
Research and Instruction Librarian
(on medical leave)

School of Critical Studies

Reference Services

Library Instruction


Research Help!

Drop-in research help is not available until restrictions are lifted.

Research appointment: If you need in-depth help with your research, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian remotely.

Not sure if a research appointment is what you need? If you answer yes to one of the following, then go ahead and schedule an appointment or email the librarian for your School!

  • Feeling stuck with your research?
  • Having difficulty finding a source(s)?
  • Want to make sure you're on the right track with your research?
  • Need a sounding board for your research idea?
  • Just enjoy talking to a librarian? (Who doesn't??)

Off-Campus Assistance:
You may contact an individual librarian if there is a specific subject area you need assistance with. You may also email if you're not sure who to contact.

You can get more immediate assistance from a librarian by clicking on the blue “Questions?” button at the bottom of the library’s web pages.