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Links and Basic Information from the Library Orientation Sessions
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Important Links

  • Pratt Libraries Website
  • PrattCat
    The Pratt Libraries Online Catalog -search for books, magazines, DVDs, and other items held in the libraries
  • Electronic Resources - Articles & Databases
    Search thousands of periodicals and digital resources
  • Artstor  
    ARTstor has over 1.3 million digital images. This database will be your best friend throughout many of your courses.
  • Ask-A-Librarian
    Questions? We're here to help. IM, call, email, or stop by the reference desk.
  • Your Library Account
    Log in to see items that you have checked out, renew books, and more.
  • E-Journals
    If you're looking for a particular magazine or journal, you can search for the electronic version here.

Finding Course Materials

In many cases, the libraries don't have required textbooks for courses. Some textbooks can be found in the stacks, but this is not often the case.  Sometimes instructors put course materials on course reserves for your class. This means that materials are held at the circulation desk or in a special location online for your class. Physical items can be checked out for in-library use only.

You can search for course reserves here:

Course Reserves Search

If you cannot find reserves by course or instructor, it may mean that items have not been placed on reserve for this semester. Contact your instructor so we can work with him or her to place items on reserve.


Welcome to the Pratt Institute Libraries

Welcome to the Pratt Institute Libraries.

It's only fitting that such a unique school should have a truly unique library. Sure, you'll find tons of material here to support your research, but you'll also find rare and unique items that you won't find anywhere else. Artists' Books, prints, pop-up books, and multimedia items can be found throughout the collection. What better place to find inspiration in between classes and studio time?


Library Speak

Terms you need to know to find your way around the libraries

1. Catalog, PrattCat - the libraries' online catalog, PrattCat, is where you will search for books, magazines, and other physical items held in the libraries

2. Reference Desk - located on the 1st floor of the library, this is where you can ask questions, get help with your research, and find out more about the libraries

3. Circulation Desk - this is where materials circulate. Located near the entrance of the 1st floor, this is where you can go to check out and return books as well as check out items on course reserve

4. Stacks - Basically a fancy way of saying "shelves." The stacks are the open shelves where you can browse for items by Call Number.

5. Call Number - the number on the spine of the book that tells you where it's located. It's like the book's address

6. Databases - while there are all kind of databases, library databases are mostly large collections of electronic magazines, journals, and images. There are other types of sources in these as well. It's kind of a digital version of the stacks.

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