The mission of the DI Library is to support the educational and research activities of DI students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Access to accurate, scholarly information in a variety of formats is at the forefront of the Library’s endeavors. The Library supports DI’s commitment to continuously developing and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational institution and design community through the active collection of materials that represent the diversity of interior design and the human experience. The Library also promotes interaction among peers and the school community by providing a physical space for facilitating such interaction, in order to add to the educational experience.
The DI Library has collections in art, architecture and design to support the interior design programs, as well as materials on anthropology, history, literature, science, and other subjects to support the general education courses, establish context, and widen perspectives. Materials on research methods, education, and professional practice support graduate-level work.
DI Library holdings include approximately 5,000 books, 50 magazine and academic journal subscriptions, and 100 films. The DI Library provides access to e-resources including ebooks, databases, and specialized resources for interior designers.
The DI Library also houses the Kravet Resource Center, where students may browse current sample books for Kravet textiles and other materials, and order free samples of these materials.
The DI Library's specialized collections directly support DI’s undergraduate and graduate curricula, reflect the cross-disciplinary nature of interior design, and provide students with the information and inspiration they need to excel in their design education and professional careers. Library instructional services are embedded throughout the curricula to sharpen students’ critical thinking skills and provide information literacy for lifelong learning.
Two professional librarians help locate information, recommend the best sources for a specific topic, and provide answers to other research and writing questions.