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Academic Resources

library-webMIAD combines the resources of the Library with the personnel of the Learning Resource Center to give students comprehensive services in one convenient location. Situated on the River Level, at the far west end of the building, the Library/Learning Resource Center is a comfortable oasis where students can study, get help with research and writing, meet with a peer mentor, read or just relax and enjoy the river view.


The library collection is designed to meet various information needs. In the Library, students, faculty, staff and alumni have on-site access to more than 25,000 books, videos and DVDs; 125 current periodicals; reserve items and an up-to-date collection of career materials. An additional 500,000 items are available for request through the library consortium. The MIAD I.D. serves as a Library card. Computers in the Library offer web access to the online catalog, research and image databases, online reserves, e-mail and word processing programs. Friendly staff is available for research assistance. For more information, click here.


The Learning Resource Center

The Learning Resource Center is an integral part of MIAD’s Library and Learning Commons. The Learning Resource Center provides resources and services to meet students’ personal academic needs. Students go to the Center seeking help with course studies, research and tutoring assistance, English language learning assistance, accessibility services and counseling support. The Learning Resource Center is located inside the library, Room RL-100.


MIAD students receive 2023 Graphic Design Awards from GDUSA

Three MIAD Communication Design students received 60th anniversary American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) magazine. The students were selected from over 8,000 entries, and judged alongside professional design work. Fewer than 10% of entrants received an award.

IAD seniors tour construction site of The Couture

Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) seniors from MIAD were taken to new heights on November 13 when they toured the construction site of The Couture, a 44-story skyscraper under construction that will be Milwaukee’s tallest residential and mixed-use building. The tour was part of a series of tours their senior thesis “Building Systems” class is taking with instructor Dan Kalkman, AIA.

Ornament Trail features MIAD alumni, faculty, students

For decades, Milwaukee has hosted an annual Holiday Lights Festival. To commemorate the festival’s 25th anniversary, Milwaukee Downtown will also host the new Ornament Trail this year. Five Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) alumni and one instructor, who teamed up with both students and alumni, produced giant ornaments for the event.

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Sarah Eichhorn

Sarah Eichhorn, Visiting Instructor of Fashion and Apparel Design, received the October 2023 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Eichhorn’s nominations speak to her Kindness, Inclusiveness, Innovation and support of MIAD’s Community.