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FIDM Library

Not your typical college library

The FIDM Library is one of the largest specialized fashion libraries in the United States. Besides its vast collection of books, periodicals, and trade publications, the Library is noted for its Textile Design & Research and Textile & Materials rooms, both of which give students exclusive access to materials and industry resources. In addition, FIDM alumni, industry researchers and scholars may visit the Library by appointment.

For more information, the Library can be reached by phone or email using our Ask the Librarian page.

Library Catalog


The vast collection of print and electronic titles encompasses all subject areas, with emphasis on fashion, business and marketing, interior design, retailing, and costumes.


The Library subscribes to over 200 magazines and trade publications, including editions of Vogue from 12 countries, including Korea, India, Japan, Russia, Italy and France. In addition to fashion magazines, we have publications for industries such as footwear, beauty, textiles, jewelry and interior design.


Visionaire is published three or four times a year, each issue featuring artists, designers and photographers who are invited to interpret a theme. Each issue is hand-numbered and released as a collector's item. For more, see www.visionaireworld.com

Newspaper Clipping Files

The Library maintains an archive of newspaper and magazine articles covering the fashion industry from about 1975 to today.

Fashion Trend Reports

The Library subscribes to more than twenty trend forecasting services, special industry publications that help readers understand the direction of design and consumer behavior.

Special Collections

Special Collections houses 19th and 20th century fashion and interior design periodicals, unique and out-of-print books, original fashion sketches, and material on the California apparel industry.

Media Library

This collection features well over 5,000 videos, DVDs, slides, audiotapes, and CD-ROMs. Most popular are the current collections of influential fashion designers featured in a video magazine format.

Textiles & Design Research

The Library provides a variety of resources offering students practical experience with the tools and materials they will use as professionals, including innovative materials (e.g., bamboo, coffee, milk proteins, etc), an extensive collection of fabric swatches, trims and findings for projects.

Research Databases

The FIDM Library subscribes to thirty online databases that support the program majors FIDM offers, including trend forecasting services like: Doneger Creative Services and WGSN (Worth Global Style Network), as well as online industry news resources like Women's Wear Daily (WWD) and California Apparel News.

Library Hours

The Library is open Monday — Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

No appointment is needed.

Hours vary during quarter break. Contact the campus directly for more information.