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Rhode Island School of Design

Materials Collection

A browsable, searchable, and circulating collection of materials for building, interiors, designing, and art-making.

Introduction and Hours

The Material Resource Center is a collection of over 41,000 material samples arranged by composition. It is a hands-on, interdisciplinary collection for the exploration of materials used in architecture and construction, fine arts and design, apparel and interior furnishings, landscaping, product design, and printing. Categories include biocomposites, minerals, metals, ceramics, polymers and textiles. Students are encouraged to handle samples and items may be checked out for research or presentations. Investigate the possibilities of eco-friendly materials, anti-microbial materials, smart materials, and conductive materials—among many other properties. Explore the color library of fabrics and the many binders of product literature and samples.

The Materials Collection is closed due to COVID-19, and cannot be accessed in the way it is intended at this time.  Please visit Material Order to search our collections and find our more information about materials.  Staff will not be onsite until March 30th, pending further restrictions.  If you have items still checked out, or have any other questions relating to the Materials Collection, please e-mail Alecia at aunderhi@risd.edu and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Regular hours:

Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Summer and school vacation hours:

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Phone:  401-709-5934