For a brief overview of the materials found in Special Collections, see our page on the library website
Room 223, second floor
Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
How to identify materials in Special Collections:
All materials are listed in the online catalog & are distinguished by RISD location prefixes "special", "special oversize", "flat folio", "large folio", "special periodical", and "artists' books"
All duplication requests are subject to copyright fair use restrictions. Due to the often fragile condition of special materials, duplication requests are granted at the discretion of the librarian or staff member. Scanning and photocopying requests are processed by library staff. Readers may also take their own digital photographs, upon request.
Sketching and Note-taking:
Graphite and ordinary pencils are the only kind of writing implement allowed in Special Collections when using special materials. Sketchbooks, notebooks or other paper is allowed as well as laptops. Keep in mind, however, that there is no wireless web access in room 223.
Other Special Resources:
Highlights of our collections, selected bookmarks for useful websites, and information about library exhibitions can also be found on our Special Collections Blog