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Free Materials Library

Submitted on October 2, 2021 - 7:08pm

Please note:

Current information about the Free Materials Library now lives on this webpage.

This resource for School students opened at the beginning of autumn quarter 2021 and is staffed by undergraduate interns. The Free Materials Library contains new and gently used art supplies and books that students may choose for use in their classes. This is an effort to support students and promote access to our majors.

Thank you to all who have donated funding, art materials, and books! This has made it possible for us to successfully serve hundreds of students so far during this academic year, but we still need more donations.


Visit the Free Materials Library in room 120 of the Art Building during its open hours, which are posted outside the door. This quarter they are:

  • Monday, Wednesday: 11am–5pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 9:30am–3pm
  • Friday: 3–5pm

You are invited to take up to five items per visit. If you think of something you would like to have added to the library, make a suggestion when you sign in.


We welcome donations of new or lightly used art supplies and/or art history textbooks.

What is needed

All art supplies are welcome. The following items are particularly useful in our entry-level classes for drawing, painting, photo, ceramics, and design.

  • Drawing pencils, especially HB, B, 2B, 4B
  • Kneaded erasers
  • Metal pencil sharpener
  • Drawing pads 400 series, 18x24"
  • 1” roll masking tape
  • Drawing boards, 23x26"
  • Vine charcoal
  • Pottery tools – wire tools, small sponges, ribs, wooden modeling tools, rubber ribs
  • Large car washing sponges
  • 1-2 gallon buckets
  • B/W photo paper
  • Tripods
  • Backdrop paper
  • White foam core for bouncing light
  • Digital printing paper
  • Back drop paper
  • Used digital cameras
  • Portable flash units
  • DIY lighting – clip reflectors
  • 12x18" cutting mat
  • 18” ruler
  • X-Acto knife - # 11 blade
  • 30/60 plastic triangle
  • Pik-up Rubber Cement Eraser
  • Grafix Artist-Tac
  • Black Artagain Pad – 9x12"
  • Mechanical drafting pencils
  • 4” brayer – hard
  • Bristol board (300-400 series) 19x24"

Additional Requested Items

  • Alligator clips
  • Beads
  • Books:
    • Design books
    • Industrial design books
    • Modern art books
  • Canvas
  • Clay
  • Crochet hooks
  • Cutting mats
  • Embroidery thread
  • Erasers
  • Fabric
  • Gamasol
  • Glue dots
  • Heat bond iron adhesive
  • Notebooks/sketchbooks
  • Paper:
    • Colored construction paper
    • Drawing paper
    • Metallic paper
    • Photography print paper
  • Paper pads:
    • Newsprint paper pad
    • Strathmore drawing paper pad
  • Pencils:
    • 6b
    • 8b
    • Graphite
  • Pens and markers:
    • Alcohol markers
    • Colored markers/pens
    • Metallic markers
    • Paint pens
  • Post It notes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles
  • Silcoil jar
  • Sponges
  • String lights
  • Tape:
    • Artist tape
    • Double-sided tape
    • Masking tape
  • Waterproof sketch pad bags
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters

NOTE: We cannot accept donations of any aerosol sprays or chemical-based solvents.

How to donate

Bring items to room 104 of the Art Building from 9am–Noon or 12:30–3pm, Monday through Friday.

Or, staff can meet you in the loading dock to pick up donations so that you do not have to park. Arrange that by using the contact information below.


The Free Materials Library is organized by the School's Academic Advising and Student Services staff in room 104 of the Art Building. Contact them by calling 206-543-0646 or sending an email.