Access to the Library

Fleet Library Access 

The library is open to holders of the following cards during our open hours. Please note: Special Collections and Archives require appointments.

  • RISD Student, Faculty, Staff IDs
  • RISD Alumni card
  • Athenaeum Membership card
  • Brown University current ID
  • CRIARL card (for CRIARL faculty & staff)
  • Current RISD Continuing Education students with proof of registration.

Call or email if you would like to confirm current policies. If you have one of the above cards and cannot enter through the outer building door, call the Public Safety booth at (401) 427-6916.

Others needing access to RISD's specialized resources must make an appointment in advance with a Research Librarian.

Visitors under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent, teacher or guardian.

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

Access to Brown University Libraries: Show your RISD ID to access Brown libraries and register for a borrower account. Please be sure to have a working RISD Library account in good standing. Access to Brown's electronic subscription databases is available on-site via designated visitor computers at the Rockefeller and Sciences libraries. 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 library@risd.edu.

Library Hours

Display of Opening hours
Apr 14
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Apr 15
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Apr 16
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Apr 17
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Apr 18
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Apr 19
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Apr 20
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Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture Collections9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Apr 21
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Apr 22
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Apr 23
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Apr 24
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Apr 25
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Apr 26
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Apr 27
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Apr 28
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Apr 29
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Apr 30
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May 01
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May 02
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May 03
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May 04
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
May 05
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May 06
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May 07
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May 08
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May 09
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May 10
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May 11
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
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May 12
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May 13
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May 14
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May 15
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May 16
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May 17
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May 18
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
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May 19
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May 20
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May 21
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May 22
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May 23
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May 24
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May 25
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + Reserves2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 2pm
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
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May 26
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May 27
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May 28
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May 29
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May 30
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May 31
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Jun 01
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosedClosed Memorial Day10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 4pm Alumni/Commencement Weekend
Research + Instruction2pm – 10pmClosed Memorial Day10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 10pm10am – 6pm
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedClosedBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosedClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
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Jun 02
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Jun 03
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Jun 04
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Jun 05
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Jun 06
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Jun 07
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Jun 08
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jun 09
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Jun 10
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Jun 11
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Jun 14
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Jun 15
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jun 16
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Jun 17
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Jun 18
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Jun 19
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Jun 21
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Circulation + ReservesClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentClosedBy Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed
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Jun 23
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Jun 25
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Jun 26
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Jun 28
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Jun 29
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special CollectionsClosedBy AppointmentBy AppointmentBy Appointment By Appointment By Appointment Closed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jun 30
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Jul 01
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Jul 02
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Jul 03
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Jul 04
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Jul 05
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Jul 06
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed Independence Day10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special CollectionsClosed
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jul 07
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Jul 08
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Jul 11
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Jul 12
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Jul 13
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jul 14
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Jul 15
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Jul 16
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Jul 18
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Jul 19
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Jul 20
Saturday
Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jul 21
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Jul 22
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Jul 23
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Jul 24
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Jul 25
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Jul 26
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Jul 27
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Jul 28
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Jul 29
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Jul 30
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Jul 31
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Aug 01
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Aug 02
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Aug 03
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pm9am – 4:30pmClosed
Display of Opening hours
Aug 04
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Aug 05
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Aug 06
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Aug 07
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Aug 08
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Aug 09
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Aug 10
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture CollectionsClosed
Display of Opening hours
Aug 11
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Aug 12
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Aug 13
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Aug 14
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Aug 15
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Aug 16
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Aug 17
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture Collections
Display of Opening hours
Aug 18
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Aug 19
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Aug 24
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture Collections
Display of Opening hours
Aug 25
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Fleet Library
Circulation + ReservesClosed10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pm10am – 6pmClosed
Research + Instruction
Archives + Special Collections
Material + Picture Collections