Policies + Disclosures

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Library Policy

To ensure fair and equal access to the collections at the Fleet Library at RISD, rules have been developed with regard to usage and behavior. The Library is a place for reading and study; you are expected to treat this communal resource with respect and to behave in a manner that does not disturb others. Cell phone use must be kept to a minimum. Except for bottled water, we ask you to enjoy your food and beverages outside of the Library, and are pleased that the Portfolio Café is close by.

To borrow materials from the Library, you must present your RISD ID, which includes a library barcode. By doing so, you accept total responsibility for library materials and agree to return them unaltered, on time, and to the appropriate location. Loan periods for books are generally four weeks with one renewal. Loan periods for other materials may vary. Replacement of lost or damaged library materials is the responsibility of the student who last borrowed them. Search, hold, and limited recall services are provided for items not readily found on the shelves. Fines for overdue materials are charged at $.10 per day per item on normally circulating materials; $.50 per hour per item on overnight reserve materials; $1 per day per item for music CDs, sound recordings, CD-ROMs and recalled items; $.50 per hour per item for sound effect CDs and $5.00 per day per item for those video/DVDs that circulate. Removing materials from the Library without signing for them and vandalizing library materials are violations of Rhode Island State Law and the RISD Code of Conduct. Suspension of borrowing privileges or more serious disciplinary actions may result when an individual does not comply with Library policies.


Graduates let loose at the close of RISD's colorful outdoor Commencement.