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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design

Picture Collection

Over 500,000 clippings and photographs arranged by subject

Introduction and Hours

The Picture Collection is an image resource for faculty, students and researchers which has been an important feature of the RISD educational experience since 1968. It contains almost 500,000 hardcopy images of people, places and things, as well as mounted prints of art, architecture and design. These images are culled from magazines, books, postcards and other ephemera, and they are gathered in folders with titles such as: Advertising, Arms & Armor, (etc) Costume, Dentistry, Drag Queens, Explosions, Ghost Towns, Hopper, Maps, Mesopotamia, Microscopy, Seeds & Seedpods, Textures, and many more. The collection is continually updated with new images, and all material circulates for a loan period of four weeks.

Due to COVID-19, we cannot allow walk-in access to the collection at this time.  You must make an appointment to browse the collection, and follow all health and safety protocols within the space.  Book an appointment here or scan the qr code at the door to view and book available appointments.  


Fall 2020 Appointment Hours: (Sept. 17 - Dec. 4th)

Monday - Wednesday:  9am - 12:00pm and 2pm - 7pm
Thursday - Friday:  9am - 12pm, 1pm - 4:30pm

Please note that the last appointment slot for the day will end fifteen minutes prior to closing.