Material Resource Center



Fleet Library at RISD, Room 204

Regular Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8pm

Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Sunday 5pm-9pm

401 709-5938 or 401 709-5934

Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian

Alecia Underhill, Supervisor, Picture Collection

The RISD Material Resource Center is a place to explore materials and discover new methods and processes that can lead to new sources of inspiration and creativity. The collection currently totals over 36,000 items across broad composition-based categories such as wood, metal, glass, mineral, animal, plastics, composites, etc.

To Borrow Items from the Material Resource Center

Select items from the shelves and bring them to the checkout desk at:
The Visual Resources Center, room 204, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 8pm

Materials circulate for 14 days at a time. Please return materials promptly - an overdue fine of .20 per item per day will be charged. Lost-item fees begin at $5.

Return materials to the Material Resource Center during open hours, or at the the Library's Circulation Desk, 1st floor after the Lab is closed.


Please take good care of your samples and use them only as visual aids. Other students would also like the opportunity to borrow the materials.