Academic Resources

The library is located on the BHDI campus. Its mission is to support the unique fashion design curricula offered by BHDI and to ensure that students and faculty are effective users of ideas and information.

The primary focus of the library is to provide reference and resource materials that supplement and support the curricula at BHDI.

Because of the nature of most of the curricula taught at BHDI, both the currency and the breadth of the materials and resources offered by the library are of paramount importance.

The library aggressively develops its core collection in all domains of fashion but also other area of design like interior architecture, architecture, and graphic design.

At the time of this catalog’s publication, the collection includes over 2000 volumes, DVD titles, and an important collection of magazines that directly support both the core subjects (Fashion design and illustration, Pattern Design, Trends, Digital Design, and Art) as well as the general education curricula.

All currently enrolled students of BHDI are entitled to use the library.

All BHDI students are also advised to obtain a Los Angeles Public Library card.

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The library collection is accessible, with student ID, Monday through Friday, 08:30AM–7PM.

The library collection at Beverly Hills Design Institute is predominately a closed reference collection.  Non-fiction books, journals, magazines, DVDs, trend books, and other ephemera in the collection, not set aside in a specific circulating area, cannot be checked out by students.  Students will be able to browse the collection during the regular posted library hours and scan or photocopy most materials.

Trend books, and other materials that are copyrighted, such as privately published design books and graphic design manuals cannot be scanned, photographed, or photocopied in any manner.  Any questions regarding copyrighting issues must be immediately presented to the librarian.

Any literature and/or fiction in the collection is allocated a separate and clearly marked section of the library, and available to be checkout out for a maximum period of 14 days. 

The Beverly Hills Public Library houses books, audio books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, videos, music CDs, CD-ROMs and more. The library also features special collections and reading rooms for children and young adults, in addition to offering literacy programs, book discussion groups, exhibitions and special events.

The library has public computers that provide access to the internet, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and library-subscribed electronic resources.

To get a library card, a patron must fill out a registration form and bring it to the library with two forms of identification, one with a photo and one that shows a current address. A mail drop or P.O. Box will not be accepted. Library cards are issued for free to city residents, as well as all residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties. Special provisions are made to those outside these areas who work, own a business or property, or attend an accredited school in Beverly Hills.

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West Hollywood Library has ushered in a new era for the City and neighboring communities by creating an educational, community and cultural landmark that meets the needs of its diverse residents for better services and resources. The new West Hollywood Library is truly a place like no other – and the West Hollywood Library Fund is committed to combining public funding with private philanthropy to ensure the margin of excellence that makes it a best-in-class library – one that reflects the intellectual, technological and cultural needs of its community, and does so with a strong emphasis on diversity and sustainability.

Each day the library is open, nearly 1,000 visitors enjoy features like:

  • Unique children’s storytelling theatre where learning comes alive for families;
  • Teen library and study center enabling youth to get assistance from library professionals on research projects and daily homework;
  • Wells Fargo Career Development Center offering job search coaching and assistance;
  • Stuart Feigin Technology Area featuring Internet enabled computers, and laptops for a portable learning lab;
  • West Hollywood room and archive which houses historical reference materials and highlights West Hollywood’s activist history;
  • Dedicated space for events, lectures, readings, exhibits, film screenings, and public meetings; and,
  • A street-side coffee bar with café tables for socializing or quiet reading.

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Features of Google Scholar

  • Search diverse sources from one convenient place
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is considered the largest encyclopedic art museum in the western United States. Its collections, which include over 100,000 pieces, encompass the history of art from ancient times to the present, and from all corners of the world. 

LACMA is in the middle of a transformation. It has gone through a variety of transitions since it was first established with borrowed art as part of the Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art in Exposition Park. 

The current museum opened in 1965 in Hancock Park next to the famous La Brea Tar Pits. By 1992, the original three buildings had expanded to six, including the acquisition of the former May Company department store on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, which became LACMA West, accessible through a separate entrance. 

The new transformation and expansion project is bridging the gap between the main museum and LACMA West with a new Contemporary Art Building and an Entrance Pavilion situated between the two. An underground parking structure has been added on 6th Street behind LACMA West, with the green space of Hancock Park extended over where the parking lot used to be. A new corridor will be constructed to run from LACMA West across the campus to the Pavilion for Japanese Art. 

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