Located on the second floor of SFAI’s original 1926 building, the Anne Bremer Memorial Library offers students a quiet setting for research and study.

The Reading Room’s high arched windows overlook the San Francisco Bay, with views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and beyond.

The library staff works with students on an individual basis, helping them to effectively utilize the library’s specialized resources. Students should feel free to contact the library to arrange a personalized library orientation or research help session.


Mon.—Thurs. | 8:30am–7:30pm
Friday | 8:30am–6pm
Saturday | 12pm–5:30pm
Sunday | Closed

Contact the Library:

Search for books, periodicals, DVDs and videos in the library catalog.


  • Film and Video: DVDs, video tapes, and 16mm films.
  • Articles: The library subscribes to over 125 print magazines and journals, as well as the online databases Art Source and Jstor (Arts and Sciences III).
  • Special Collections: Rare books and periodicals, unique and limited edition artists’ books.
  • Institutional Archives: A wealth of primary source material pertaining to art, culture, and American arts education in the 19th century and beyond.

Digital Resources

ArtStor: A digital collection of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences with tools to view, present and manage images for teaching and research.

Art Source: The definitive resource for the study of art.  Art Source provides access to art-related periodicals covering a range of subjects.

Ask Art: Artists’ biographical information and auction records. 

Electronic Arts Intermix: Streaming video of experimental media works by artists.

JSTOR: Art and Sciences III: Access to scholarly journals covering a range of subjects in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills.

OmniFile Full Text Mega: Multidisciplinary information from full-text articles from more than 3,000 publications. Subjects include: Applied sciences, art, education, humanities, law, social sciences and technology.

Oxford Art OnlineThe full text of Grove Dictionary of Art, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference sources, with thousands of images and articles.

Pronunciator: An interactive language learning service covering 80 languages, as well as English as a second language curriculum for 50 non-english languages. To log into Pronunciator, follow these instructions.

Stop by the library for help accessing and using these resources.  Further instructions for student and faculty remote access are available through Moodle under “Library and Media Services.”  

Special Programs

Library Lunchtime Film Screenings for Enlightenment, Education, and Entertainment:

The library is presenting a “Sorta Surreal September Screening” on Thursday, September 22nd, at noonish in the Lecture Hall, featuring:

  • Man Ray’s Return to Reason—Le Retour a la Raison for you Francophiles—(1923)
  • Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)
  • Lawrence Jordan’s Pink Swine (1963)