Introduction to the 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.

As of May 2022:

VISITING THE LAFS LIBRARY ON CAMPUS

Students & Staff can access the Library on campus, B1 5th floor, and utilize computers, borrow materials, print, scan, and such!

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. We do recommend that patrons limit their time at the Library. Please check the hours of operation (see below) before visiting the Library. 

LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 7:00pm 

* The above Library Hours are temporary as we are reopening the Library in phases. Please see “Today’s Hours” posted on the Library Site for more accurate hours for the day. 

THE LAFS LIBRARY ONLINE

Many of the Library’s digital services will remain available through the Koha Library Catalog and A-Z Databases guide, which includes research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases. Library Staff will be available to provide assistance by phone and email, so be sure to leave a detailed message. 

WEBSITE
library.lafilm.edu

PHONE:
323.769.2705

EMAIL:
lafslibrary@lafilm.edu

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

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!

Library and COVID-19 Updates

LIBRARY AND COVID-19 UPDATES

As of May 2022:

VISITING THE LAFS LIBRARY ON CAMPUS

Students & Staff can access the Library on campus, B1 5th floor, and utilize computers, borrow materials, print, scan, and such!

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. We do recommend that patrons limit their time at the Library. Please check the hours of operation (see below) before visiting the Library. 

LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday-Friday from 8:00am – 7:00pm 

* The above Library Hours are temporary as we are reopening the Library in phases. Please see “Today’s Hours” posted on the Library Site for more accurate hours for the day. 

THE LAFS LIBRARY ONLINE

Many of the Library’s digital services will remain available through the Koha Library Catalog and A-Z Databases guide, which includes research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases. Library Staff will be available to provide assistance by phone and email, so be sure to leave a detailed message. 

WEBSITE
library.lafilm.edu

PHONE:
323.769.2705

EMAIL:
lafslibrary@lafilm.edu

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

Please check back for further updates!

COVID-19 LIBRARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
 

As the Library is a shared public space, please help us take the following safety precautions.

      • To check out library materials: Show or indicate your school issued ID at the Circulation desk. Library Staff will grab the requested library items for the Patron. In addition, Patrons can place holds prior to picking them up at the library via the Koha catalog
      • To return library materials: Please return and place all books and other library items in the book-drop box by the Library entrance. 
      • We will continue in-person staffing of the Circulation, Computer Space, Printing & Scanning, and Info Desk services at this time, but we strongly encourage you to use our virtual Ask a Librarian services for help.
      • At the Circulation Desk, please maintain a safe distance during reference interactions.
      • Wash your hands before and after using public computers and scanners. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines for hand washing.
      • You may also utilize the wipes that are provided at the computer area to wipe down surfaces before/after using any of the Library equipment. 
      • Hand sanitizers are available at the entrance and near the Circulation Desk, upon request. 
      • Library Staff will also wipe down surfaces, printer/scanners, books, and other library materials periodically throughout the day. Returned library items will be wiped down with a cleansing wipe before putting them back on the shelves for circulation.  
      • The computer area is limited to 6 people at a time. Please keep a social distance between yourself and others. The Library is taking measures to spread out and relocate some computers to reduce crowding. 
      • Please limit your time at the Library to 2 hours max.  

The Library reminds you that there are many ways to get help virtually:

      • Call or Text a Librarian at 323.769.2705. This service is monitored by local Library Staff when we are open and available. If we are unavailable to reach you, you can leave a voicemail message and we will respond back as soon as possible. To find out current Library hours, please visit the homepage.
      • Email us at lafslibrary@lafilm.edu. Local librarians will respond as soon as possible (within 24 hours).

Browse through our library website to find more information on news, explore the digital catalog, view subject guides, and more!

THIS BOX IS HIDDEN!!!

LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday-Thursday from 8:00am – 6:00pm
Fridays from 8:00am – 5:00pm

* The above Library Hours are temporary as we are reopening the Library in phases. Please see “Today’s Hours” posted on the Library Site for more accurate hours for the day. 

COVID-19 LIBRARY SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
 

As the Library is a shared public space, please help us take the following safety precautions.

      • To check out library materials: Show or indicate your school issued ID at the Circulation desk. Library Staff will grab the requested library items for the Patron. In addition, Patrons can place holds prior to picking them up at the library via the Koha catalog
      • To return library materials: Please return and place all books and other library items in the book-drop box by the Library entrance. 
      • We will continue in-person staffing of the Circulation, Computer Space, Printing & Scanning, and Info Desk services at this time, but we strongly encourage you to use our virtual Ask a Librarian services for help.
      • At the Circulation Desk, please maintain a safe distance during reference interactions.
      • Wash your hands before and after using public computers and scanners. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines for hand washing.
      • You may also utilize the wipes that are provided at the computer area to wipe down surfaces before/after using any of the Library equipment. 
      • Hand sanitizers are available at the entrance and near the Circulation Desk, upon request. 
      • Library Staff will also wipe down surfaces, printer/scanners, books, and other library materials periodically throughout the day. Returned library items will be wiped down with a cleansing wipe before putting them back on the shelves for circulation.  
      • The computer area is limited to 6 people at a time. Please keep a social distance between yourself and others. The Library is taking measures to spread out and relocate some computers to reduce crowding. 
      • Please limit your time at the Library to 3 hours max.  

 

The Library reminds you that there are many ways to get help virtually:

      • Call or Text a Librarian at 323.769.2705. This service is monitored by local Library Staff when we are open and available. If we are unavailable to reach you, you can leave a voicemail message and we will respond back as soon as possible. To find out current Library hours, please visit the homepage.
      • Email us at lafslibrary@lafilm.edu. Local librarians will respond as soon as possible (within 24 hours).

Browse through our library website to find more information on news, explore the digital catalog, view subject guides, and more!

As of December 2021:

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 search the catalog to ensure we have the items you need and place the items on hold if you have a Library Account. You can also contact the Library by phone  323.769.2705 and email lafslibrary@lafilm.edu if you need further assistance. Once the library items are available for check-out, we will email you a confirmation and a link to schedule an appointment at  calendly.com/lafslibrary to pick the items 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 officially 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. 

Please check back for further updates!

Library Orientation

Want to learn about the Library? The Library Staff are excited to announce a monthly live training event to learn more about the Library and how to access some of the resources needed for your educational and professional development. RSVP in advance to receive a confirmation email containing the event details and invite link. See you there!

Introduction to the Library for Faculty

Introduction to the LAFS Library FOR FACULTY

Tune in for a live session every 2nd Wednesday of every term at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET.
MISSED THE EVENT? A Recording of the event will be posted on the Library-Live page.

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.

As of Feb 2022:

VISITING THE LAFS LIBRARY ON CAMPUS

Students & Staff can access the Library on campus, B1 5th floor, and utilize computers, borrow materials, print, scan, and such!

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. We do recommend that patrons limit their time at the Library. Please check the hours of operation (see below) before visiting the Library. 

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

* The above Library Hours are temporary as we are reopening the Library in phases. Please see “Today’s Hours” posted on the Library Site for more accurate hours for the day. 

THE LAFS LIBRARY ONLINE

Many of the Library’s digital services will remain available through the Koha Library Catalog and A-Z Databases guide, which includes research-based articles, online streaming videos, electronic screenplays, and music-related databases. Library Staff will be available to provide assistance by phone and email, so be sure to leave a detailed message. 

WEBSITE
library.lafilm.edu

PHONE:
323.769.2705

EMAIL:
lafslibrary@lafilm.edu

As we continue our phased reopening, we’re focused on creating safe and welcoming spaces for everyone, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

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 (i.e. eBooks, eVideos, eScripts, eMagazines, etc.)
      • 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.

FACULTY

Circulation Requests

If any Faculty members wish to pick-up library materials during this time, they may do so. Please coordinate a day/time with the Library to ensure their availability and desired library item is put on HOLD.

Collection Purchase Requests

Faculty can make purchase requests if the Library does not own a copy of the desired material. Reasons for a purchase request will be considered along with budget constraints.

Click here to make a purchase suggestion or leave general feedback.

STREAMING VIDEOS

Look through these streaming platforms to find videos that these companies have in stock and available for purchase through the Library! 

eVideos Collection: If you need to view the list of the already purchased licensed videos, click here.  

ELECTRONIC BOOKS

Browse through the eBook databases, EBSCO and ProQuest eBooks, to see the full list of available electronic books that you may want the Library to purchase. You will need to have an account to do so, you may sign up for one here.

eBooks Collection: If you need to view the list of the already purchased licensed videos, click here

Library Monthly Orientation

The Library will be conducting monthly training in regards to utilizing the Library and its resources.  Faculty can reinforce students to attend this event and may use this as extra credit or participation points. Please coordinate with the Library if needed additional training within your class.

Every 2nd Wednesday of the Term 
At 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

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!

How to Navigate the Library Website

Intro and Navigating the Library Website Video

We recently updated our Library Website, including a new menu and Library news/blog area. Please view the Library Introduction Video below to get a better understanding of the Library and how to navigate the site!

In addition, we are now using a new Library Catalog system, KOHA, which is a high-quality catalog that makes the library collection easier to use and more accessible. You even have your own account! (If you do not have a library account, please contact the Library to receive one). The purpose of the library catalog is to locate items within the library’s collection. The catalog is used to find materials based on author, title, subject, or format. You can view how to access and use the new catalog here.