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Rhode Island School of Design

Sculpture Subject Guide: Search Online Catalog

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RISD/Athenaeum Catalog online catalog

Providence Athenaeum & RISD Library share an online catalog and have reciprocal borrowing. 
The Athenaeum is located on the corner of College Street and Benefit Street on College Hill.  You must have an up-to-date record and be in good standing with the RISD Library.

College Hill Libraries (CHiL) is an agreement between the RISD Library and the Brown Libraries for borrowing.  You must be in good standing with the RISD Library (owe no fines) and have an up-to-date record. Use your RISD ID at the Brown Libraries to check out books by first registering at Brown's Rockefeller Library.  Once you have a library record at Brown, you may renew and request items with My Josiah just as you do in the RISD/Ath catalog's My Record.

Search Brown's catalog easily with the link in the RISD/Ath Catalog.
Start with an initial search in the RISD/Ath catalog.
Click on the Search Brown button that appears on the right side of your search result.
This will repeat the search in Brown’s catalog.
To return to the RISD/ATH catalog, click on Return Home. Providence Public Library is located at 150 Empire St. This link will connect you to  the Ocean State Library system which includes branch libraries around the state. search library catalogs from around the world simultaneously

Fleet Search

To do a simultaneous global search of the library catalog, most of the library databases, e-books, and more, search Fleet Search. To help get you get started and answer questions you might have about using this, go to Fleet SEARCH

To search for e-books click on the links below:

Academic eBooks

or see the see the Research Guide to answer any questions: eBooks

Search the library catalog

Use the library Tutorials for self-guided help


Search the  online catalog by keyword, subject, author, title or call number. For topical subjects, start with a keyword search of one or more relevant terms. A keyword search finds words anywhere in a record. Browsing the titles of the relevant search results will lead you to the appropriate subject headings. Select some of the titles that look interesting to you and look at the subject headings listed in each record. Clicking on the subject headings will lead you to related items in the catalog. Please note that our catalog is shared with the Providence Athenaeum. A location ATH denotes Athenaum and RISD denotes our library. Always check location and status of the titles you're interested in.


Search keywords: 

           sculpture AND large scale

           Calder AND mobiles OR stabiles

           sculpture germa* (searches variations on the root, ie. German, Germany)

           public art AND sculpture


  Search a broad subject heading:

           Maya sculpture


           sculpture, French



Search a broad subject heading with sub-divisions:

           Maya sculpture --Honduras -- Copan site

           sculptors -- interviews

           sculpture, French -- 19th century -- exhibitions

           monuments -- Chile -- pictorial works


Search a narrow subject heading:

           animal sculpture

           bronze founding

           ivory carving

           mobiles (sculpture)          


Search a proper name (surname first), or firm:

           Di Suvero, Mark

           Von Rydingsvard, Ursula                        


This guide was created and maintained (2005-2014)

by Ellie Nacheman, Former Cataloger/Reference Librarian.