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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 COVID-19 related closures and the remainder of Spring 2020.

Library in darknessThe physical library space is currently closed. We are still providing services online.

This guide is meant to help RISD community members navigate changes to library services in the wake of COVID-19 emergency closures. Explore the tabs at left and do not hesitate to get in touch with us to have your questions answered. Staff plan to return to on-site work on March 30, pending further information, but the library will remain closed to users. Currently, we are working remotely to help faculty plan for online teaching, and to make sure we are offering as much support as possible to the community.


Do you have library books? Keep them for now!

Our top priority is to keep all members of our community safe while focusing on the work needed to support your online learning. You can help our efforts by taking good care of any library materials you may still have, and know that you will not be fined for books kept after March 2020.

We will notify all students when it is time to return things to the library. In the meantime, we have reduced the number of automated overdue notices you receive.  If you do receive a notice, please ignore it.

Returning students can bring books back in September 2020, and we are looking into mailing options for students graduating this spring. We will communicate those options once we’ve determined they’re viable.

The book drop at 15 West is open, so if you are in the area and want to return books, you can.
If you'd like to return books by mail now, you may. Use the following address:

Fleet Library at RISD
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903


What is available while we are closed?

  • Online resources - article and image databases, eBooks, streaming film platforms.
  • Online course reserves - if you use our reserves service, we can continue aggregating your electronic course materials here.
  • Interlibrary loan - for items available in digital formats (mainly PDF)
  • Research consultations via email, telephone, and Zoom
  • Library instruction via Zoom
  • We will also begin offering limited scanning services upon our return to the library space.

What is not currently available?

  • Printed books, periodicals, DVDs, material and picture samples, all physical collections
  • Interlibrary loan for books and DVDs

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.