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New Student Library Orientation - Top 10: Welcome to RISD Library

The essential guide to RISD Library's collections, resources & services

#1 Getting Started - Visit the Library

             Library Circulation & Reserves Desk

  • Your Library Account

    Your RISD ID acts as your library card - bring it with you when you want to check out items

    Your RISD Library Account allows you off campus access to the library's 35+ subscription Databases

    Your RISD Library Account allows you entrance to and borrowing privileges
    at Brown Library and the Providence Athenaeum Library

     All returning students and staff must re-activate their library account each academic year

      • Get to know your way around RISD Library


      Follow the Library on facebook

      Library Staff Directory 

      First Floor & Balcony Map

      Second Floor Map

      #2 Bookmark the Library website:


      RISD library website:

      RISD library's catalog search box is located in the
      * top corner of the website

      • 24/7 Off Campus Access to RISD Online Collections

        Start at

        Select a Collections Link to search from the Resources menu
        (examples: Art Full Text, JSTOR, Oxford Art Online)

        * You will be prompted for information located on your RISD ID:

           Type in your name (first or last name)

          and the 14-digit barcode number (located on the back of your RISD ID)

         * the log in process is necessary only once per browser session

      • Manage your Library Account Online

        Renew Online - avoid overdue fines

        Login to My Account

        Once logged in, view your Reading History and look into Preferred Searches