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Fleet Library at RISD

Fall 2020 information

In-person appointments
This semester in-person access to the Main Floor Library, Special Collections, Archives or the Visual + Material Resource Center is available by appointment only to RISD community members with an active RISD ID. Please note that users must make separate appointments to visit each library area/collection.

Daily appointment slots, seating capacity and hours are all limited and vary by area of the library. See our COVID remote operations to make an appointment, view collection hours or learn about other virtual services.

Contactless pickup
Fleet Library currently provides RISD community members with contactless pickup of materials requested from the library’s circulating collection. This service is available Monday–Friday from 10 am–4 pm.

To request an item from the online catalogue, please complete a contactless pickup request form (using either permalinks or full titles and call numbers to indicate requested items) or contact us at or 401 709–5901 for assistance. You will receive confirmation via email when your items are ready.

Upon confirmation, your items will be packaged and available for pickup inside the Main Library entrance on the first floor of 15 West.

Scans, course reserves and research/class preparation support
The library circulation team is available to scan book sections and articles and to process course reserves. Please fill out a library scan request form for digital scans, using the online catalogue to provide publication information. To reserve course materials, please complete and submit a request for reserve material form.

Staff in Research and Instruction, Special Collections, the Visual and Material Resource Center and the Archives are also available to help community members with research needs and class preparation.

For up-to-date information about currently available services, please see the library website’s COVID remote operations page.

Fleet Library at RISD is a place for inquiry and inspiration, occupying the first and second floors of 15 Westminster Street. With over 100,000 books and periodicals, institutional archives, special collections, artists' books, material samples and picture collection, there is much to explore on site. Fleet Library also provides the RISD community with access to a wide range of digital resources, along with professional expertise to help navigate both online and physical resources for classroom instruction, individual research support and creative work.


Emily Begin
Cataloging Specialist, Digital Imaging
401 709-5936

Ariel Bordeaux
Senior Library Assistant, Special Collections (pt)
401 709-5923

Laura Browne
Senior Library Assistant, Circulation & Reserves
401 709-5907

Anne Butler
Visual Resource Center Assistant
401 709-5934

Marc Calhoun
Catalog/Reference Librarian
401 709-5941

Claudia Covert
Special Collections Librarian
401 709-5927

Emily Coxe
Research & Instruction Librarian
401 709-5908

Donna DeForbes
Senior Library Assistant, Acquisitions
401 709-5945

Douglas Doe
Digital Archivist
401 709-5922

Amy Doyle
Administrative Coordinator
401 709-5912

Robert Garzillo
Technical Services Librarian
401 709-5944

Gail Geisser
Access Services Manager
401 709-5904

Susan Gifford
Senior Library Assistant, Technical Services
401 709-5942

Andrew Martinez
401 709-5920

Stephen McCaughey
Senior Library Assistant, Circulation and Serials
401 709-5906

Margot Nishimura
Dean of Libraries
401 709-5909

Ellen Petraits
Research and Instruction Librarian
401 709-5905

Mark Pompelia
Visual and Material Resource Librarian
401 709-5935

Mark Sweeney
Senior Library Assistant, Circulation and Stacks
401 709-5906

Alecia Underhill
Materials and Picture Collections Supervisor