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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.

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