BSA’s library is the bright, busy heart of the school, the single place where students and teachers from all disciplines gather to do research, explore and learn. In August 2014, the library and an adjoining computer lab were merged and renovated to house the new Center for Collaborative Arts & Technology (C-CAT) which provides state-of-the-art equipment and spaces to facilitate the collaborative work of students and faculty.
Because we are an arts school, our library requires many specialized materials. We have thousands of acting edition scripts where our theatre students find monologues and scenes for auditions and classwork. Our dancers spend hours viewing the library’s videos of great dance companies and great performances. There are hundreds of scores and compact discs for instrumentalists and vocalists. Visual artists pore over art books seeking ideas and inspiration. Stage production students do research in our library to insure the historical accuracy of the sets and costumes they design. All of our students are academic students as well and the library’s volumes of literature, history, science and math serve to supplement their rigorous academic work.
The library is open Monday to Thursday from 8 am to 7 pm on Fridays from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Library materials can be borrowed for a two-week period and may be renewed for an additional two weeks.
The following research databases are available to the BSA community at www.bcpss.org:
- Proquest Learning Literature
- Proquest Platinum
- SIRS Knowledge Source
- SIRS Discoverer
- Black Studies Center
- Historical Newspapers
- History Study Center
- Science Resource Center
To access these databases, login using your ID# as the username and your first name (1st letter uppercase) as the password.
Support the Library
In addition to supporting Baltimore School for the Arts through the school’s annual fund, with a minimum donation of $25.00, you can also buy a book, dvd, playscript, music score, or compact disc for the school’s library. You can honor someone’s birthday, anniversary, wedding or graduation or memorialize a loved one. Each item receives a personalized bookplate and an acknowledgement is sent to the donor and the honoree. Please click here to contribute to the BSA Library Fund.