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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design

* Remote Library Operations * UPDATES and RESOURCES

Check this page for updates about library services during COVID-19 closures and changes.


Photo by Jules Bss on Unsplash
Photo by Jules Bss on Unsplash

Can I still check out books from the Athenaeum?

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances the RISD community cannot check out books from the Athenaeum. We will keep you informed as circumstances change.

How do I connect to Fleet Library’s online resources from off-campus?

Logging in to the Fleet Library website will enable you to access ebooks, image databases, streaming video, articles, and much more from off-campus. If you receive an error when you try to log in, please reach out to us via to have your registration renewed.

To log in, follow these instructions.

Once you are logged in, you will be able to access RISD subscriptions for the duration of your sign-in. You may need to sign in again the next time you use these resources. 

As faculty, what can I do about my assigned films? 

Check our streaming video databases: Artfilms, Films on Demand Art & Architecture Video Collection, and Kanopy

A note about Kanopy: Because it is a mediated database, each title has to be activated and paid for by the library team.  When you log in, you will see the titles we currently have active. Other titles can be searched and requested (email  We pay $120 for one year of access to each film, so our policy is to only activate films that your entire class will watch. If you have a Providence Public Library (or Brooklyn/NYPL) membership, you can also access Kanopy through that account, and watch up to 8 films per month for free!

If you'd like to share DVDs with your class, or need help locating a specific film, contact Marc Calhoun ( 

How do I download eBooks?

You can view eBooks online anytime without downloading them(choose the “Full Text PDF” option). If you wish to download something for offline viewing using a desktop computer or mobile device, follow the instructions for downloading eBooks here.

Can my class still meet with a librarian?

Yes! We can work with your class via Zoom, but it may be appropriate to discuss beforehand whether the lesson should be adjusted for our current situation and your updated syllabus. Feel free to get in touch with instruction librarians or the Special Collections team to discuss. 

How can I access the New York Times?

There is a special link for access to the New York Times. You can create a free account with your email address without having to be on campus. Visit this page for instructions.

Can I access the databases at Brown?

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances the RISD community cannot access the databases at Brown's libraries. If you are having trouble finding a specific resource or resources on your topic, please email and a librarian can help you.

Is the library providing scanning services for part of books and other materials?

Yes! Whether you're faculty planning your class or a student working on your own research, we can help.

Click here to request scanning services.