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Fleet Library

Founded in 1878, the RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design and photography. The collection provides strong historical and contemporary perspectives, and materials in landscape architecture, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry support upper-level research. The library is also noted for its artist’s book collection, its rare books and outstanding visual resources collections.

phone: 401 709-5900
fax: 401 709-5903


The Mandle Building
15 Westminster Street

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-11pm

Friday, 8:30am-8pm

Saturday, 10am-6pm

Sunday, 12pm-11pm

please note our mailing address:

Fleet Library at RISD
Two College Street
Providence, RI 02903-2784

At RISD there's nothing unusual about suddenly finding a doorknob on a tree trunk, shown here across from Carr House,
the charming home of Student Life offices and the student-run Carr Haus Café.