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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 RISD's emergency campus closure.

Library in darknessFleet Library is currently closed to visitors. We are still providing services online.

Until it is deemed safe to work in shared facilities, library staff are working remotely. Currently, there is no access to items physically located at Fleet Library. For now, we encourage you to explore our vast collection of online resources and reach out to librarians for help with your research!

Do you have library books? Don't worry - most due dates have been extended. Visit the "Returning Library Materials" page of this guide for details on returning items, including material samples and picture collection files.

What is available while we are closed?

What is not currently available?

  • Printed books, periodicals, DVDs, material and picture samples, all physical collections
  • Interlibrary loan for books and DVDs
  • The Providence Athenaeum: due to the current circumstances the RISD community cannot check out books from the Athenaeum. We will keep you informed as circumstances change.

Library Liaisons

At Fleet Library, each RISD academic department and program has a designated liaison. This librarian or archivist serves as your go-to contact: we can facilitate requests for materials, respond to general questions, and connect you to other library colleagues. In turn, we will work to identify and advocate for your department's interests within the library. If you're not sure who to ask, begin by contacting your Library Liaison.

Student & Faculty Support

Find info on remote teaching strategies from RISD Research here; academic support services for students (such as Co-Works, A&L, and the Nature Lab) are laid out here.

Contribute to the Archives

At Fleet Library, we want to hear your perspective! We encourage you to answer our archivists' invitation to share your stories and sketchbooks and journals and anything else you'd like to leave behind as a record of RISD's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.