Your RISD ID Card

The RISD ID card is much more than a simple ID. In identifying you as a member of the RISD community, it is an invaluable key to life on campus. Given this, students are encouraged to carry their RISD ID card at all times and be able to show it upon request.

risdbucks is a prepaid debit account that can be used for purchases of products and services on and off campus (wherever the card is accepted).
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Access to campus buildings and facilities
RISD maintains an access control system for all buildings on campus, meaning students, faculty and staff need to wave a valid RISD ID card in close proximity to card readers in order to open locked doors. Access is based on several factors, including authorization, area, time of day and day of week. Building access follows posted building hours set forth by the Registrar’s Office. Access to specific spaces, rooms and labs is based on pre-approved authorization.

Dining accounts
On-campus meal plans are linked to your RISD ID card. Simply visit any of RISD Dining’s facilities, choose your meal and present your RISD ID card to a cashier.

Library card
Borrowing from the Fleet Library at RISD is easy. Simply bring your books to the circulation desk and present your RISD ID card.

Getting around Rhode Island
For on-demand transportation, RISD students can use risdbucks to pay for rides with Uber or purchase a discounted zipcar membership. Your RISD ID card also functions as a RIPTA bus pass, allowing you to ride free of charge if you’re a matriculated student or current faculty or staff member. Visit RIPTA for routes and schedule information.

Pay for prints and laundry
Funds to pay for printing and laundry may be added to your RISD ID card at, or you can download the iOS app or Android app for your mobile device.

Lost or Stolen Cards

Please report all lost or stolen RISD ID cards to Public Safety immediately. Public Safety can be reached at 401 454-6376 or you can stop by the office at 30 Waterman Street.

You may also report lost or stolen cards at the Card Services Office during normal business hours.

Replacement Fee Structure
for Lost/Stolen Cards:

1st replacement card: $10
2nd replacement card: $20
3rd replacement card: $30
All subsequent cards: $30

Damaged card replacement: $5
Plastic card holder: $2

Contact Info

Campus Card Services
48 Waterman St (yellow door)
401 454-6664

Office Hours:
M-F 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
or as posted

Richard Tamborelli, Manager
401 277-4960
Deborah Domaingue, Facilitator
401 454-6664


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