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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.

Contact Us

Please email us at with questions, all of us monitor this email. 

Websites: Archives and Special Collections 

Class Visits and Appointments

We are all responsible for the health and safety of our community and ourselves. Our guidelines below are developed to provide services with care for all.  We expect these guidelines may change as government agencies and RISD issue additional directives.  All services are contingent upon staffing being available.

By appointment only (no drop-ins).

We are offering in-person and virtual appointments:



In-person appointments:

  • In-person appointments are only available to the RISD community.  
  • Masks are required and social distancing will be enforced.  
  • In-person visits are limited to one person at a time.  
  • For in-person appointments hands must be washed before handling materials.
  • Materials will be provided contact free.
  • Materials will be quarantined before being reshelved.

For both in-person and virtual appointment up to five items can be pulled per appointment and must be done prior to the appointment.  We currently can not offer additional item pulls during appointments. 


We are currently offering virtual classes via Zoom and our document camera from the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

  • For virtual classes up to ten items can be pulled per class. 
  • We are adding digital content from RISD Digital Commons, Artstor, and Internet Archive to class lists (arranged alphabetically by department above). 
  • Questions about classes please contact Claudia Covert.

Did you know we also offer book demos (see Maze Books below)?:

Events and Exhibits