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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design

* Remote Library Operations * UPDATES and RESOURCES *

Check this page for updates about library services during COVID-19 related closures and the remainder of Spring 2020.

Photo by Jules Bss on Unsplash
Photo by Jules Bss on Unsplash


What should I do with the books that I have checked out?

Keep them for now! Our top priority is to keep all members of our community safe while focusing on the work needed to support your online learning. You can help our efforts by taking good care of any library materials you may still have, and know that you will not be fined for books kept after March 2020.

We will notify all students when it is time to return things to the library. In the meantime, we have reduced the number of automated overdue notices you receive.  If you do receive a notice, please ignore it.

Returning students can bring books back in September 2020, and we are looking into mailing options for students graduating this spring. We will communicate those options once we’ve determined they’re viable.

The book drop at 15 West is open, so if you are in the area and want to return books, you can.
If you'd like to return books by mail now, you may. Use the following address:

Fleet Library at RISD
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903

How do I connect to Fleet Library’s online resources from off-campus?

Logging in to the Fleet Library website will enable you to access ebooks, image databases, streaming video, articles, and much more from off-campus. First, you will need to be certain your library registration is up to date. If you’ve checked books out this year, it probably is. If you receive an error when you try to log in, please reach out to us via to have your registration renewed.

Then, you will need to sign into the Fleet Library website. To log in, visit the library homepage and click “My Account” at top right. For your username, do not enter your RISD email. Enter your name. You can use first or last name. Your password is the barcode number from the back of your RISD ID. If you do not have access to your ID, or this does not work, please get in touch with us.

Once you are logged in, you will be able to access RISD subscriptions for the duration of your sign-in. You may need to sign in again the next time you use these resources. 

As faculty, what can I do about my assigned films? 

Check our streaming video databases: Artfilms, Alexander Street Academic Video Online, Films on Demand Art & Architecture Video Collection, and Kanopy. You can share video and audio in Zoom, including DVDs or video clips on your computer or through streaming platforms like Netflix (let us know if you need support and check out Zoom's helpful guides).

A note about Kanopy: Because it is a mediated database, each title has to be activated and paid for by the library team.  When you log in, you will see the titles we currently have active. Other titles can be searched and requested (email  We pay $120 for one year of access to each film, so our policy is to only activate films that your entire class will watch. If you have a Providence Public Library (or Brooklyn/NYPL) membership, you can also access Kanopy through that account, and watch up to 8 films per month for free!

We regret that we cannot make DVDs available online, both due to technology restrictions and copyright law.

How do I download eBooks?

You can view eBooks online anytime without downloading them(choose the “Full Text PDF” option). If you wish to download something for offline viewing using a desktop computer or mobile device, follow the instructions for downloading eBooks here.

I had a library instruction session / Special Collections presentation scheduled. Can my class still meet virtually with a librarian?

Yes! We are working to reach out to those with scheduled instruction. We can work with your class via Zoom, but it may be appropriate to discuss beforehand whether the lesson should be adjusted for our current situation and your updated syllabus. Feel free to get in touch with instruction librarians or the Special Collections team if you have not yet heard from us.