The Columbus College of Art and Design Packard Library is a subterranean gem found in the heart of CCAD’s campus.
Inside the library, visitors are treated with vibrant displays, a wide range of resources and a welcoming staff.
The library is the primary research center for CCAD faculty and students and is open to the public. The library boasts over 300 art and design journals, one million images through their online subscription to ARTstor, 700 rare books and periodicals, a real human skeleton for anatomical study and growing graphic novel, local zine and interior and industrial design materials collections.
The materials library opened within the Packard Library November 2014 and gives students the chance to touch and interact with interior and industrial design materials. The library collects polymers, ceramics, glass, metals, cement-based, natural and carbon-based materials and is augmented by the Materials Conexion database of over 7,000 materials.
The Packard Library’s rare books collection is absolutely amazing. Delicate artists’ books like Poppy Dully‘s “O. Henry Stories” to a 1790 first edition of Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France” with a fore-edge painting by Helen R. Haywood line the shelves waiting for closer inspection.
The Packard Library supports the college’s archives. The archives are an important partner with alumni relations. CCAD Archivist Leah Fisher shared the archives have successfully created a sense of community for the alumni while alumni across the world, in turn, have helped identify former faculty and students in old photographs.
Director Leslie Niemczura Jankowski and library staff are excited for the Packard Library’s future. Leslie’s passion for graphic novels and their impact on visual culture drives further collection, Chris Mannix will be hosting artists’ books workshops in autumn so that students can create their own works, Shiva Shakeri continues to build the materials library as an important resource beyond CCAD and Jamie Reinhart helps drive collection development for new generations of faculty and students through acquisitions.