Graham Visual + Material Resource Center


slide room


Fleet Library at RISD, 2nd Floor Room 204

Regular Hours: Mon-Thu 8:30am-8:00pm, Fri 8:30am-4:30pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm

401 709-5934


Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian

Anne Butler, Visual + Material Resource Collection Assistant

Janet Grewer, Digital Imaging + Cataloging Specialist

Alecia Underhill, Picture Collection Supervisor


The Graham Visual + Material Resource Center is located on the second floor of the Fleet Library at 15 Westminster Street. The Center houses the Slide and Picture collections, the RISD Digital Image Database, RDID, for digital image collections, and the new Materials collection.

Visual Resources staff offer training and advice to faculty and students on all aspects of sourcing and using digital images for classroom use. Individual or group sessions can be arranged for training in the use of our online image databases, RDID, ARTstor and Art Museum Image Gallery, as well as presentation tools such as Powerpoint and Keynote. There are also online guides to using the RISD Digital Image Database, RDID, both for faculty and for students. The Center also offers a digital imaging service, which allows faculty to order digital images that are not available from RISD’s online databases. Faculty can submit orders of no more than 100 images to the Visual Resources Librarian. The images will be processed in one week, and delivered to the faculty member in whichever format was requested.
For daily updates on Visual Resources at RISD, check out the RISD VR Blog, and follow us on Twitter
To send us your suggestions, contact us here.

Electronic Resources
The RISD Library subscribes to the following image databases: Art Museum Image Gallery, ARTstor, Cinema Image Gallery, and Oxford Art Online - Images. These are available to the RISD community only and may be accessed on and off campus. Find the links to these resources and to the RISD Digital Image Database on the Image Resources Page.


Picture Collection
Located in room 207 on second floor, east side, the Picture Collection is a unique resource for research and studio purposes.
The collection includes more than 500,000 images divided into three sections: clippings, the art file and mounted reproductions. The clipping file includes images of almost every conceivable subject. Search the Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf) and Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf) to locate images and articles about architecture, sculpture and art. Mounted reproductions of works of art and architecture and postcards complete this collection. A scanner, computer, color printer and photocopier are available for use in the Picture Collection. You’ll also find free magazines and gift catalogues in our free bin to find even more images for your assignments. Donations of magazines are gladly accepted. Tel: 709-5938


Slide Collection
The Slide Collection, located in room 204 on the second floor, is comprised of 165,000 slides covering areas of art, architecture and decorative arts. The collection is available to faculty and students for use in classroom presentations and projects.


Video Collection
Since its inception in 1986, the Video Collection has grown to include over 2500 videotape and DVD titles. This growing collection embraces the fields of animation, poetry, drama, experimental video and art documentation as well as musical performances and theater productions. 

The richness of the collection is due to the varied tastes and creativity of the RISD community, and we thank all the individuals who, through their requests and suggestions, have made this collection what it is today. A complete alphabetical title list can be found through the RISD Library catalog's Featured Lists as well as a list of Recent additions. Most videos are on open shelves opposite the Reference Desk or on shelves to the right of the Reference Collection. Some videos are kept behind the circulation desk and are restricted to in-library and classroom use. Other videos circulate to RISD faculty for a week and to students and staff for three days. Videos may be viewed in the library in one of 8 individual video carrels or in the small video viewing room under the study island.


Online Resources for Art & Design
The addresses on this list belong to websites that adhere to high standards of scholarly and visual content, as well as being relevant to the courses taught at RISD. Faculty who wish to add their suggestions to this list, can contact us here. The list will be updated monthly.