Special Collections

Special Collections includes nearly 20,000 important and rare printed books, periodicals, and artist' books that date from as early as the 16th century to present. Historical as well as contemporary materials cover the fine arts, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and design. These collections provide primary resources and inspirational materials for the RISD community and outside researchers.

Dale Reading Room for Archives + Special Collections

2nd Floor, room 201 | 401 709-5923 | risdspecial@risd.edu

Hours this week


Open hours for 1 to 2 items are 3:00-4:30pm Monday and Wednesday-Friday (except when a class visit is scheduled). For more in depth assistance, please make an appointment.


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