The CCA Libraries collections are intended to support the curriculum and to serve the learning and instructional needs of students and faculty at the college. One area of significant focus is the field of sustainability, both multi-disciplinary and discipline specific. This focus is seen most clearly in our print collection and in the Materials Library collection with items related to ecology in art, sustainable architecture, sustainable design, and sustainable development. Additionally CCA Librarians stay abreast of and attend special campus events related to sustainability to ensure we are collecting resources related to CCA's visiting artists and guest lectures. Our Instructional Services Librarian provides literacy support in all areas, including sustainability literacy. Inter-Library loan services are available to both students and faculty to support research needs that go beyond our libraries' collections.
The Materials Library is an investigative space to discover and research innovative materials in support of all disciplines at CCA. The collection of over 600 material samples are chosen specifically for their sustainable, eco-friendly, technologically smart, and/or innovative properties. The collection is cataloged for searchability and remote access. A subscription to the Material Connexion database is also available for even broader materials research. The Materials Library was begun in 1999 and was funded by three major grants from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation.
Materials Reuse Center
At the new Materials Reuse Center, located on the Back Lot of the San Francisco campus, members of the CCA community can leave, take, and reuse all sorts of materials and items.
To help reduce waste, unwanted and unused materials can be brought here for others looking for new materials for their projects to find and reuse.