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Rhode Island School of Design

Textiles Research Guide

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Welcome to the Textiles Research Guide

Here you will find useful books, links, and resources to complete assignments and conduct research. This guide is a good way to get started with your research. If you have more questions or need additional help, just ask! There are librarians available to help you find answers.

The Art of Browsing

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)

T: Technology

TS: Manufactures

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

SUBJECT searches:

Browse through these examples, and try some of your own subjects by using the drop-down box in the catalog.

Textile design.

Textile fabrics.

Textile fibers.

Textile crafts.

Textile industry.

Dyes and dyeing.



Machine knitting.


Repetitive patterns (Decorative arts)

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.


Exploring Theses

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.

Citation Management

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

This service will be limited due to library closures during COVID-19. Librarians are still here to help! Please email for help finding resources you might need.

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:

  • Books
  • Articles
  • DVDs/Videos
  • CDs, Musical Scores

Sign into the Interlibrary Loan portal here.

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.

Renewing Books Online

We are working to automatically renew books during the COVID-19 crisis. Please don't worry about returning books at this time.


Step 1: Visit the library homepage and click "My Account" in the top right account

Step 2: Follow the instructions on the screen.

  • Your library account login is different from your RISD login.
    • Username: your surname (last name) or your given (first) name should work.
    • Barcode: flip your RISD ID over to the back and look for the long string of numbers starting with 34444... Enter the whole number.

login screenshot


Step 3: Sort Items by

  • Due Date
  • Renew Marked
  • or Renew All  

New due dates will appear in red

Fantastic, you're done!

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