Ask Us! Research Assistance


Fleet Library at RISD, 1st Floor

Research Help 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


RISD Library Reference Department supports all levels of inquiry, research, and instruction through our commitment to excellent service and staff expertise.


Reference Librarians are available to facilitate your research and guide you in finding and using the most relevant print and digital sources. Schedule an individual appointment in advance to ensure uninterrupted time with a librarian. Reference Librarians also teach research classes.


Contact one of our Reference Librarians for research help.

Reference Librarians are on call every day of the week except Saturday.

Or stop by the Research Help Desk and ask the student assistant to call the Librarian on duty.


Marc Calhoun
Catalog & Reference Librarian

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

Alice Whiteside

Reference & Instruction Librarian

Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm | 401 709-5908

Ellen Petraits (Reference Department Head)
Research & Instruction Librarian

Coordinator of Graduate Library Instruction

Hours: Sun - Thurs 2pm - 9:30pm | 401 709-5905


Working with an Art Librarian - a snapshot
Listen- as you discuss your class assignment, studio projects, and research needs
Translate - your art & design ideas into effective ways to think about, search for, and locate information
Bridge - any gaps between your subject domain and using library resources - the librarian's domain
Filter - offer ways to think critically about the information you encounter


RISD Library Research Guides

Library Liaisons to RISD Departments - Complete List

Library Instruction