Policies + Procedures

Library services

Tribeca Flashpoint’s Info Commons offers an array of state-of-the-art library services to the Academy community both on- and off-campus. Services include individual research consultations and services, in-class and individual bibliographic instruction, on-demand reader’s advisory and interlibrary loan services, and citation assistance.

For Students

  • Introduction to library services and plagiarism primer for new students.
  • Intermediate and advanced research skills instruction
  • Individual research consultations – assistance in locating, vetting, citing sources.
  • Ongoing research consultation services.

For Faculty

  • New faculty orientation- introduction to the collection, classroom copyright compliance, and custom-designed instruction services.
  • Faculty-driven collection development.
  • Course readings research and advisory.
  • Research consultation services.

To schedule an appointment, please email the info commons, call 312.506.0645, or drop by room 527.

Borrowing Privileges

All members of the Tribeca Flashpoint community are encouraged to use library services and resources. Current students, faculty, and staff may check out library materials.

  • The book circulation period is three weeks.
  • DVDs and games may be checked out for one week.
  • Required course materials are held on reserve for use within the Info Commons and do not circulate.
  • Loaning of materials available in multiple copies are limited to one copy per borrower.

Borrowed library materials are renewed at the discretion of library staff. Overdue fees are not currently charged, but borrowers will incur replacement fees and penalties for lost or damaged books.


Tribeca Flashpoint students are held to behavior and conduct standards campus wide. Please refer to the Tribeca Flashpoint Student Bulletin’s “Standards of Conduct” for further details.

Cell Phones

Cell phone usage is permitted at the discretion of the librarian on duty and is prohibited when usage impedes the work of other students.

Food and Beverages

Food and Beverages are not allowed in the Info Commons.

Patron Record Confidentiality

Tribeca Flashpoint maintains the privacy of patron circulation records. Requests for research or reference consultations are also confidential. Paper and electronic records containing information about patrons is kept to the minimum needed to maintain library workflows. Information about patron records will be released to authorities only when required by law.

Internet Policy

Tribeca Flashpoint’s Info Commons adheres to the internet usage policy in effect for the Academy. Please refer to the Tribeca Flashpoint Student Bulletin’s “Acceptable Use of Computers, Email, Internet” for further details.


Tribeca Flashpoint’s Info Commons adheres to the accessibility policy in effect for the Academy. Please refer to the Tribeca Flashpoint Student Bulletin’s “Non-Discrimination Policy” for further details.

Collection Development

The Tribeca Flashpoint library collection supports and extends the learning of students in the media arts. The collection focuses on titles that support exploration of Animation & Visual Effects, Film & Broadcast, Game & Interactive Media, Recording Arts, and Design + Visual Communication. These core subject areas are supplemented by titles that further extend core skills in subjects such as mathematics and data, the humanities, and writing and storytelling.

All Tribeca Flashpoint community members may recommend the addition of new library resources. Library staff make final decisions about what will be added to the library collection, guided by overall consideration of collection priorities and recommendations from collection development committee members drawn from each program.


Tribeca Flashpoint uses the Library of Congress classification and shelving system. The bulk of the print collection is shelved in call number order, while magazines, newspapers, and DVDs are shelved alphabetically. All new titles are added to the library’s online catalog,