Graham Visual + Material Resource Center


slide room


Fleet Library at RISD, 2nd Floor Room 204

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

401 709-5934


Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian

Emily Begin, Digital Imaging Specialist

Anne Butler, Visual + Material Resource Collection Assistant

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 Digital Image Collection (accessible via ARTstor), and the Materials Collection.

Visual Resources staff offer orientation and training 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 online image databases and presentation tools such as Powerpoint and Keynote. There are also online guides to using ARTstor. The Center also offers a digital imaging service that allows faculty to order digital images that are not available from RISD’s online databases: faculty can submit orders that will be processed in approximately one week and delivered to the faculty via DropBox or accessible ARTstor.


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Electronic Resources
The RISD Library subscribes to the following image databases: AP Images Collection, Art Museum Image Gallery, ARTstor, 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 nearly 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 takeaway bin to find even more images for your assignments. Donations of magazines are gladly accepted. Tel: 401 709-5938


Slide Collection
The Slide Collection, located in room 204 on the second floor, is comprised of 51,000 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 11,000 DVD and VHS titles. This sizable collection embraces the fields of animation, global cinema, 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 through faculty and student requests and donations, librarian curation, and the summer 2014 purchase of half the collection of the former ACME Video store on College Hill. A complete alphabetical title list can be found through the RISD Library catalog's featured list 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 6 individual video carrels or in the small video viewing room under the study island.