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Fleet Library at RISD, 1st Floor

Reference Desk

Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30am-11:00pm

Fri 8:30am-8pm

Sat 10:00am-6:00pm

Sun 12:00-11:00pm

401 709-5902


Contact one of the Reference Librarians to schedule individual research help. Reference Librarians are on call every day of the week except Saturdays. Or stop by the Reference Desk and ask to speak with a Librarian.


Reference Librarians are available to answer your questions, assist with your research needs, and guide you in finding and using print and digital sources. Schedule an individual appointment in advance to ensure uninterrupted time with a librarian.


Marc Calhoun
Catalog & Reference Librarian

Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-4:30pm
401 709-5941

Ellen Petraits
Research & Instruction Librarian

Hours: Sun - Thurs 2pm - 9:30pm

401 709-5905

Alice Whiteside

Reference & Instruction Librarian

Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm

401 709-5908



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