Student Art in the Library: Call for Submissions


Student Art in the Library provides another venue for Skidmore's studio art students to exhibit their work. The juried exhibition is open to all art majors or minors currently enrolled at Skidmore College.

Fall 2014 Exhibition dates: October 29 - December 12

**Deadline for applications: Friday, October 10**

To apply, please read the Exhibition Policies and Guidelines and fill out the Exhibition Entry Form & Agreement.

Benezit Dictionary of Artists: Trial Database


Benezit Dictionary of Artists is now available online for the first time via Oxford Art Online. 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.

To learn more, read a brief history of Benezit: 

1-Credit Research Class


LI 371 Independent Study provides preparation for a senior thesis, capstone, or honors project that requires a serious research component. Students will work one-on-one with a Subject Specialist in the Library.

For more information and how to register:

Subject Guides


Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know!

Find your subject here:

Group Study & Meeting Rooms

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Students can reserve meeting rooms and group study rooms 24 hours or less in advance for 2 hour blocks of time:
Available group study and meeting rooms can also be reserved for 2 hour periods on a walk-up basis using the electronic room reservation panels located outside each room (select the "Reserve Now" function).

Scribner Library Map

Scribner First Floor2014

Need to find something in the library? Check out our library map!

Print copies are available at the reference desk.

One Credit Library Research Course

The Library offers a 1-credit course designed to help make your life easier!

LI 100, taught in the first half of the semester, is open to all students, provides an in-depth overview of the research process, and helps students to develop their database search skills.

Keep your sanity and register for LI 100: Electronic Information Resources by selecting Library on the Master Schedule.

Visit the Instructional Services page for more information about instruction opportunities at the Lucy Scribner Library.

Collecting Special Collections

WildernessCollecting Special Collections, the current exhibit in the Harris Lobby, showcases unique items from Skidmore’s Department of Special Collections, home to the College’s rare books and archives. Our rare books collection is made up of the General Collection and numerous smaller named collections, such as the John J. Cunningham Science Fiction Collection.

Materials on display represent the delightfully eclectic nature of our General Collection, where an old favorite children’s book shares space with an illuminated Book of Hours from the 1440s and Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian. Among the individual collections featured, the Artists’ Books and the Fox Collection are also highlighted.

An artist’s book is itself an original work of art, as visually and conceptually whole as a painting or sculpture. This collection is the only one among our rare book collections to receive new purchases every year thanks to a generous donor’s endowment. It has been carefully and wisely developed over the years by College Librarian Ruth Copans. Additional selections from our Artists’ Books are also available through our Digital Collections.

The Fox Collection contains over 400 books predominantly from the Victorian era. It was collected with a strong focus on the illustrated books from that time period. The collection showcases in particular the works of George Cruikshank but also features authors and illustrators such as William Blake, Robert Browning, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, and the Grimm Brothers. The Fox collection is a perennial favorite of Skidmore students and faculty alike, and is the most heavily utilized rare book collection in Special Collections.

The exhibit will be on display through February 13, 2014.

Please check out our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.

Rocket Languages

RocketLanguagesLearn a language on your own terms and in your own time! With Rocket Languages you will be speaking and improving your language skills with every lesson by taking part in the modern, everyday conversations with an Interactive Audio Course. In addition, you will learn to speak the language naturally with language and culture lessons while building your vocabulary and improving your audio recognition of common words and phrases.

You can learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, or Sign Language.

*To access Rocket Languages, you must create an account so you can save your work. Then log in with your email address.

Rocket Languages is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.


freadingFreading offers access to over 20,000 ebooks, with new titles added weekly. A wide range of categories is available, such as fiction, comics & graphic novels, biographies, gardening, crafts, cooking, travel, art & design, and much more!

Freading has its own apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and Android phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, the Nook devices, and Kobo devices.

Users can download a select number of books each week. All books are always available and can be checked out for 14 days. You can renew books for another 14 days by going back to the book display on the website and hitting the download button again.

*To access Freading, you must log in using the 16-digit number (starting with 6012) on your Skidmore ID card.
Freading is available through the generosity of Brian Downing, CEO of Library Ideas, LLC, Skidmore Class of ’86.

Digital Collections: Saratoga Maps

SaratogaMapBeginning with the 1872 illustrated map of Saratoga by R.F. Dearborn, the 1880 map of Woodlawn Park, the infamous residence of Mr. Henry Hilton, and the current location of Skidmore College, the Saratoga Maps Collection offers a rich insight into the history of Skidmore, Saratoga Springs, and Saratoga County. This collection spans almost 100 years, and provides a variety of perspectives into the area. The original maps are housed in Special Collections & Archives.

Lucy Scribner Library's Digital Collections allow virtual browsing of materials from our Special Collections and Archives that are not openly accessible due to age, fragility and/or historical value.

For more information about specific items in our Digital Collections, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection

SummerReadingLooking for a good summer read? The Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection is a changing collection of current best-sellers, popular fiction and non-fiction books, including graphic novels, for your reading pleasure. The collection is located on the main floor of the Lucy Scribner Library near the DVD and CD collections. These books may be checked out for two weeks. The books are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by author and can be searched in the Library Catalog by either author or title.

To search for books in the Popular Fiction and Non-Fiction Collection, go to the Advanced Search in the library catalog, LUCY, and select “Popular Fiction & Non-Fiction Collection” under Format.

To view a selection of new books in the Browsing Collection, please visit the Library’s Pinterest page!

Dance in Video: Volume II: New Database

DAV2Dance in Video: Volume II accommodates the needs of today’s dance students by pairing recorded performances from world-renowned dance companies with instructional videos from acclaimed teachers. The second volume expands upon the foundation built in Volume I, and showcases a new catalogue of dancers and partners including the Joffrey Ballet, John Jasperse Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. Students seeking to fine-tune specific techniques can explore instructional materials from the George Balanchine Foundation covering basic and advanced ballet techniques, including jumps, turns, pirouettes, barre work, pointe technique, and more.

To round out the study of dance, Volume II also incorporates interviews and documentaries featuring Trey McIntyre, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Darcy Bussell, Yvonne Meier, Saburo Teshigawara, and other key performers and choreographers.

Volume II will comprise 400 hours of video when complete. When paired with Dance in Video: Volume I, this resource provides more than 900 hours of dance video through one convenient, cross-searchable database. The diverse content supports a wide range of courses, from dance history and dance appreciation to choreography, dance composition, and improvisation.

Key features of the resource include searchable, scrolling transcripts. Search for phrases like “pas de deux” or “Sanghyang dances” and find the exact point in the video where this is discussed. Faculty and students can create, annotate and share video clips, embed video into any website to maximize access, and show full-screen videos in class at streaming rates of up to 2.5mbps.

Art and Architecture Archive: New Database

aaaArt and Architecture Archive is a major research resource comprising the digitized backfiles of many of the foremost art and architecture magazines of the 20th century. It is a unique collection of the essential primary sources for studying the history of these subjects. The magazines cover the spectrum of subdisciplines, from fine and applied arts to interior design, industrial design, and landscape gardening. Each issue is scanned from cover to cover in high resolution color and presented in page image format with fully searchable text. With deep backfile coverage from first issues through to 2005, this is an essential resource for scholarly research of the arts from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

The high-quality reproduction and easy discoverability of all images contained in the original issues will allow you to draw inspiration from the many artworks displayed in visual arts titles such as Apollo and Art Monthly. They may also study features and reviews revealing the contemporary reception of specific works.

Trade magazines, widely recognized as indispensable sources for art and architecture, are also strongly represented. Research materials and technical guidance are available to those working in areas including graphic design and product design, in publications such as Print, Architectural Review, and Graphis, respectively.

In combination, the consumer magazines and the trade publications comprise an invaluable reference source, as a historical record of the art and architecture industries. Through reviews, advertisements, exhibition listings, and awards, users may trace the careers of major artists and architects, as well as the history of the commercialization and marketing of art.