About the Library
FIT's Library supports the academic and research needs of the FIT community. A well-selected collection of more than 130,000 volumes of print, non-print, and electronic materials supports the instructional programs in art and design, business and technology, liberal arts and our Graduate School. Collections also include specialized electronic and digital resources and materials not often found in conventional academic libraries, such as the fashion and trend forecasting services, sketch collections, clipping files, and fashion show DVDs. Our newspapers and periodicals include more than 400 current subscriptions and extensive back issue runs. Databases, provided by FIT, SUNYConnect, and the New York State Library, provide access to thousands of full-text journal articles, books, images, research reports and other resources. Most are available remotely.
Special areas and projects include: Special Collections with scrapbooks, archives, illustrations, and other primary research material in their original formats; the Interior Design Resource Center, a professional-level product literature collection; and the FIT Digital Image Library (FITDIL), a database of approximately 11,000 digital images. Also under the auspices of the Library, is PrintFX, a state-of-the-art digital service bureau for pre-press printed graphics.
As a member of local, state, and international consortia, the Library participates in resource-sharing programs including the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the SUNY Council of Library Director's (SCLD). Through SUNY’s Open Access Policy our students have access to and borrowing privileges at all other SUNY libraries.