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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design

Faculty Guide to Library Resources

An outline of library's services and resources for faculty: course reserves, off campus access to databases, e-journals, interlibrary loan, instruction, research assistance, and more

How to Use This Guide

Welcome to the Faculty Guide to Library Resources. This is the landing page from which you can learn about all of the services and resources Fleet Library offers to faculty. If you still have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at

Select from the tabs at left to navigate different topics. 

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Access to the Library

Who can visit Fleet Library right now?

  • All visitors must adhere to RISD's campus safety protocols.
  • RISD cardholders (including alumni) and Athenaeum members are allowed walk-in access during library open hours, except for Special Collections and Archives visits which require appointments of all.
  • Access to the collection and appointments are available to external researchers and other visitors with specialized research needs: email
  • All others who would like to visit should email

Access to the Providence Athenaeum: Show your RISD ID for access to the Athenaeum. 

Access to Brown University Libraries: Students may show a RISD ID to enter, but RISD faculty and staff must complete this vaccine attestation form in advance to request an access card. Please be sure to have a working RISD Library account. Access to Brown's electronic subscription databases is available on-site via designated visitor computers at the Rockefeller and Sciences libraries. Problems with this? Contact Brown's Head of Circulation, Bart Hollingsworth. We continue to recommend using our Interlibrary Loan service to request items not locally available at RISD or Brown. See Brown's full policies here. Please contact a Research Librarian if you would like assistance on the RISD side. 

Other questions? Email us at