Fleet Library

Fleet Library

Dean of Libraries: Lareese Hall

Founded in 1878, the RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its more than 165,000 volumes and 300 periodical subscriptions (print) 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, design, 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 and material resources collections.


Browse the Fleet Library Collections:

Annual Reports

Annual Student Artists' Book Juried Contest + Exhibition

Artists' Books

Dazzle Print Collection

Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries