Special Collections includes over 20,000 important and rare printed books, periodicals, and artists' books that date from as early as the 14th century to the 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
Hours this week
We are currently open for in-person and virtual appointments and virtual class visits. Please make an appointment or class request below.
- About Appointments & Open Hours
- About Classes & Class Handouts
- Duplication Request Form
- Student Artists' Book Contest
- UNBOUND: art book fair
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