Laguna College of Art + Design

About the LCAD Library

General Library Information

Centrally located on the ground floor of the Administration Building on LCAD’s historic main campus, the Dennis and Leslie Power Library is the intellectual heart of the college.  Our library plays an integral role in supporting instruction in the visual arts and places resources at the fingertips of students from all of our graduate and undergraduate degree programs.  The library encourages intellectual discovery and inspires lifelong learning through its wide-ranging print and electronic resources, and it also serves as the home of the college’s historic archives.  Providing a safe and comfortable place for study, knowledge seeking and community gathering, the library offers a range of community events throughout the year. 


During the academic year:

  • Monday–Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Over the Summer & Winter Breaks
  • Monday–Friday, 12:00–4:00pm


Q: Who can check out books from the library?

A: Current LCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni in good standing (who do not owe the library more than $5.00 in late fee fines). Members of the local community and other non-affiliated individuals may use the library and its materials during open hours but do not have circulation privileges.

Q: How do I obtain library circulation privileges?

A: Fill out a registration form at the circulation desk and show your current LCAD ID.

Q: How long do materials circulate?

A:        - 3 weeks Books and non-current issues of periodicals

            - 7 days Tutorial DVDs (includes Gnomon DVD titles)

            - 3 days DVDs

            - 3 days Reserve materials (NOT RENEWABLE)

Materials that do not circulate include: reference books, current periodicals and special collections materials. All materials (except 3-day Reserves) may be renewed twice.


$0.25/day Books, non-current issues of periodicals and DVDs

$1.00/day Reserve materials


Report lost books as soon as possible to stop late fee accumulation. Patron will be responsible for replacement cost of book and any accumulated late fees. LCAD Library Fines and Lost Materials Policy


The library provides students with a space where they can buy and sell used textbooks to and from each other. This space is located at the end of the N classification shelves in the central part of the library.


The LCAD Library offers workshops in the following subjects: general library instruction; using, ARTstor, Visible Body and other electronic resources; research topics such as using online databases and how to cite your sources. We offer workshops both in the classroom and library settings. For more information, contact the Library Director.

LCAD Library Mission Statement

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at Laguna College of Art + Design supports the research and curricular needs of the LCAD community by:

  • Providing access to materials and services to support the curricular goals of the college, encourage intellectual discovery, and inspire lifelong learning;
  • Providing instruction to promote and increase information literacy skills;
  • Providing efficient and respectful service;
  • Providing a safe and comfortable place for study, knowledge seeking and community gathering.

Information Literacy and the LCAD Library

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library at Laguna College of Art + Design follows the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, which “draws significantly upon the concept of metaliteracy…a renewed vision of information literacy as an overarching set of abilities in which students are consumers and creators of information who can participate successfully in collaborative spaces.”[1] The six information literacy guidelines, or frames, created by ACRL, are outlined below:

At all levels of the undergraduate experience at LCAD, students will become aware of, develop and demonstrate these concepts in their classes and assignments. These concepts align with LCAD’s college-wide learning outcome for Information Literacy:

  • Graduates are able to effectively access, analyze, and use information from reliable outside sources.

[1] See for more detailed information on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education.

LCAD College Archives 

Leave Your Legacy 

The Dennis and Leslie Power Library, located on the main campus of the Laguna College of Art + Design, also maintains the college archives. The archives represent the college’s historic records. This encompasses work created by all those associated with the college which includes students, faculty, alumni, and staff members. When you contribute your work of quality to the archives, this gives you the opportunity to “Leave Your Legacy” for future generations. 

If you are interested in the Leave Your Legacy program, please visit the library or send an email with any questions or digital images to