LIBRARY

Introduction to the LAFS Library FOR STUDENTS

Welcome to The LAFS Library!

Mission: The Library’s goal is to provide direct support for the educational mission of the school, by selecting and organizing current and relevant books, media, and digital resources; to assist students and faculty in locating and retrieving information effectively, and to assist in the educational and professional development of students.

The LAFS Library will remain virtually open! If you need to pick up any library items, you may do so by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

We recommend that you first explore the catalog to ensure we have the items you need or contact the Library for assistance. You can contact the Library by phone 323.769.2705 and email lafslibrary@lafilm.edu. Once the library items are available for check-out, you may visit calendly.com/lafslibrary to schedule an appointment to pick them up. 

LIBRARY ON CAMPUS HOURS
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm

LATE FEES: No late fines will be assessed for overdue & current items, and you can return materials when the Library reopens. More information and school updates can be found at lafilm.edu/alerts.

PICK-UP & DROP-OFF: If you would like to drop off your library item, you may do so by dropping them off in the “Book Drop Box” located 5th floor next to the entrance library doors. Faculty and Students are more than welcome to schedule an appointment to pick up Library materials here calendly.com/lafslibrary. Please contact the Library first before making an appointment to ensure we will have the materials available and ready for you to borrow.  

LIBRARY VIRTUAL HOURS
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm

WEBSITE
library.lafilm.edu

Many of our digital services will remain available either through our Digital Catalog and our A-Z Databases page, including research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases. 

Once again, everyone’s health and safety are important, and we will evaluate and adjust as new information becomes available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we thank you for your understanding. 

Collections

You can find our collections by visiting our digital Library Catalog, KOHA. It is used to find materials based on author, title, subject, or format. Check out Koha to search for books, screenplays, films, magazines, and more! We have the following items (on-campus and online):

      • Books
      • Films
      • Screenplays
      • Storyboards & Treatments
      • Magazines
      • Games
      • Audio & Music CDs
      • Electronic Resources
      • Course Reserves
      • Reference Books

If you would like to have a library account to log in to Koha, please fill out the Library Application Form here. You will soon receive a confirmation once your account has been created. 

If you already have an account with us, there’s no need to fill out the form, you can start logging in and accessing some of the features of Koha.

NOTE: You DO NOT need a Library Account to access the collection! The catalog is made public, but you do need to sign in with your LAFS creds to access some of the electronic resources. 

Services:*

The Library seeks to provide the following services that support the LAFS community with the best possible environment and resources for research. View the Services page on the Library site to learn more.

      • Circulation
      • Computers & Other Equipment (i.e. Headphones,  MIDI Keyboards, etc)
      • Printing & Scanning
      • Study Space
      • Info Helpdesk
      • Library Monthly Orientations

*Some services are currently limited due to COVID.

Research

It is important, even for an artist, creator, or designer, that you know how to conduct research; it’s not just for scientists or medical doctors. Through your journey here at LAFS, you will understand the importance of Information Literacy, which means to be information literate. You must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively.  Visit the Research Guide to start your search!

Databases

Our popular page is our A-Z Databases. A research database is a set, or collection of data, which is gathered and made available online. Most of the databases you will be using here, come from academic or open access libraries.

Often, you will need to sign in with your LAFS credentials upon accessing some of these Databases. For further instructions on how to access or do simple searches, you may find helpful guides under the Tutorials page. 

Tutorials 

The Library team has created helpful instructions on how to access, log in and do research in several of our databases. Other tutorials about navigating the Library website and Koha can also be found here.    

Subject Guides

The Subject Guides are developed by our Library Staff that focuses on specific subject areas. In any of our Subject Guides, you may find databases relevant to the subject area and links to books, websites, journals, magazines, and more!

Online Resources

The Library team has added many outside resources (most of these online resources are free) for Students, Alumni, and Staff to utilize for their class assignments or general/personal use.  

Don’t forget, learn and utilize as much as you can about the information available to you provided by the Library!