Books in the Fleet Library are organized by topic using the Library of Congress classification system. Textiles books are primarily organized in three places. If you are interested in browsing the shelves, you can use this map and the below call number ranges as a guide. Don't forget to check these same numbers in the Oversize section!
N: Visual Arts
NK: Decorative Arts
NK2775 - NK3296.3: Rugs, carpets, tapestries
NK8800 - NK9595.5: Textiles (history, exhibition catalogues, etc)
TS1300 - TS1865: Textile industry
TT: Handicrafts, arts and crafts
TT490 - TT695: Clothing, dressmaking, tailoring (Apparel/Fashion books are here; Machine Knitting is TT 680)
TT699 - TT854: Sewing, needlework, embroidery, knitting, quilting, weaving, textile printing, dyeing
Browse through these examples, and try some of your own subjects by using the drop-down box in the catalog.
To find more, try clicking on the subject links you see in catalog records!
For KEYWORD searches, you can type anything you want in the search box. An example: when searching for smart textiles try smart AND textile or "smart textile" as searches and see what you can find.
One of the best ways to learn about what other artists have done is by viewing and studying the thesis projects of past RISD students. To search the catalog for Textiles graduate theses click here.
There is also a Theses Index for Textiles. This will allow you to explore theses by specific parameters and terms.
If the Fleet, Brown or the Athenaeum libraries doesn't have what you are looking for, you can request materials from other libraries! Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a library privilege that allows the Fleet Library to "check out" materials that we don't have from other libraries. If we don't have something you need you can request it through ILL and we will look to see if we can borrow it from another library.
Through ILL you can request:
You can also request items through Fleet Search when you see this option below an item. This handy because it will pre-fill the article request form for you.
Step 1: Visit the library homepage and click "My Account" in the top right corner.
Step 2: Follow the instructions on the screen.
Step 3: Sort Items by
New due dates will appear in red
Fantastic, you're done!
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