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  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  




    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event
    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.
    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.
    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu


Faculty & Staff

Material and Checkout Policy

The Library manages the lending of materials to faculty and staff (borrowers) using the Virtua system. Currently employed faculty and staff with a valid Otis ID and a completed Library Checkout Agreement form may reserve and checkout materials using the following procedures. The Checkout Agreement outlines the basic terms and conditions of the transaction as well as the borrowers responsibility while using library materials.

A complete list of library policies can be found on our website and in both the Faculty Handbook and Employee Handbook.


  Books Videos / DVDs / Blu-rays iPad/tablets/e-Readers
Initial Checkout 3 weeks 1 week 1 week
Renewals Available 2 1 0


  • Renewals will not be allowed if there is a Request for the item in the system.
  • Online renewals: Starting 3 days before materials are due, when a borrowers library account is current and they have no library issued holds, materials may be renewed online or through the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog using their Otis Xnumber and Self-Service PIN.
  • If the borrower has difficulty renewing items, they should contact the circulation desk immediately.

Equipment Use

  • The Library’s equipment inventory is regularly maintained and considered to be in good condition for their circulation age, and in the case of electronic or visual media, in good working order.
  • The borrower is responsible for inspecting the equipment before they leave the library. If any missing or damaged items are found, they must notify the technician on duty and make note of the condition in the system.
  • The equipment is to be used in accordance with the proper operating procedures outlined in the user documentation.
  • The Library is not responsible for data left on any laptop, tablet, or other device. The borrower is responsible for backing­‐up all data before returning equipment.

Repair and Replacement

  • The borrower is expected to return materials clean and in working order, and is responsible for all repair or replacement costs for damage caused during their use.
  • Replacement costs are assessed at the time it becomes clear that the materials will not be returned, and vary based on availability and value of each item. Repair costs will be estimated by the library’s cataloger. The replacement equipment must be the same ISBN or model, and condition, or newer equivalent.
  • Please see the Library’s Circulation Manager for an itemized list of materials and costs being billed.
  • Payment should be made at the Library Circulation Desk, by cash or check.

Holds and Recourse*

  • A Checkout Hold is automatically placed on the borrower’s account once any material is overdue in the system. A Checkout Hold will prevent the patron from borrowing materials from the library.
  • Any Library materials overdue 30 days from the original due date and/or non­‐payment of repair or replacement costs will be noted as delinquent in the Virtua system.
  • Faculty account delinquencies will be forwarded to the Provost’s Office, and non‐Academic Affairs Staff delinquencies will be referred to Human Resources. Non-payment of repair or replacement charges will be noted in the context of annual Performance Evaluations.

*It is not within the Library’s purview to make exceptions to College checkout policies; Faculty may direct their concerns to the Provost’s Office, and Staff to Human Resources, should the need arise.

Additional Policies

Theft and Destruction

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