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Design Studies

Research Guide for students in the MA Design Studies program

Find Books

Search the 'Books & More' tab on the library website using keywords in the title, author, or subject, or the ISBN.

  • Ebooks can be accessed through links under the 'Online Access' section of the page.

  • Physical books are arranged using Library of Congress classification.  The New School students can borrow or request materials to pick up at any of our locations:

    • University Center Library (63 Fifth Avenue, 6th & 7th Floors): Art, Design, Technology
    • List Center Library (6 E. 16th Street, 8th Floor): Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Performing Arts Library (55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor): Music, Dance, Theater

View Access and Borrowing info, or Renew Books on the library website.  Most books can be borrowed for 16 weeks and renewed twice.

Use Consortium Libraries (NYU, Cooper Union, New York School of Interior Design) with your New School ID card.

Three ways to find related books:

  1. Click on subject headings in the library catalog.
  2. Browse the shelf to find books under the same call number.
  3. Look up books and articles referenced in literature.

Login to the library catalog to see more access options:

  • Offsite: Request items by clicking on the arrow to the right of the item listing and clicking on "Request Item."  You will receive an email when the item is available, 1-2 days.  
  • E-ZBorrow: Request books to be delivered to The New School in 3-5 business days.  Borrow for 16 weeks; no renewals.  Learn more.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Recommended for periodical articles, or books not available through E-ZBorrow.  To request, login to your ILL account.  Watch our video tutorial for detailed instructions.

METRO: Resource-sharing service for New York City area libraries. Onsite access only. (No borrowing privileges). 

WorldCat: Search WorldCat, a union catalog of library holdings around the world.  Learn How.

Request a Purchase of any books that you need for your research.

The New School subscribes to several E-book Databases.  Full-text searching is possible when searching within individual ebook databases.

Google Books can be used as a tool to search inside books.  Locate books using our library catalog.

Call numbers

Design Studies books can be found at all New School Library locations, but are primarily located at:

University Center NK - History of Design and Curatorial Studies Research Guide
University Center TS - Product Design Research Guide
University Center TT -  Textiles Research Guide
List Center  - Humanities and Social Sciences - Strategic Design and Management Research Guide

Search strategies for design studies

Keywords

Experiment with related, broader, and narrower keywords.  

Advanced Search

Combine keywords or subject headings using Boolean logic to create a targeted search.  

Geography

Many materials are classified according to geography.  Try names of cities, countries, and regions.

Dates

Try searching by decade (using various spellings "sixties" "60s" 1960s) or by century (20th century).  Specific years (2001) usually won't yield many results.

Searching by Subject Heading

Decoration and ornament
Design -- Philosophy
Design -- Social aspects
Design -- History
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture
Graphic arts