Special Collections

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

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

Hours this week


We are currently open for in-person and virtual appointments and in-person (under 20 people) and virtual class visits. Please make an appointment or class request below.

Staff Contacts

  • Claudia Covert

    Special Collections Librarian
    ccovert@risd.edu | 401 709-5927
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  • Vacant

    Special Collections Librarian, Instruction & Outreach

  • Carissa Knickerbocker

    Lead Reader Services Assistant (temp)
    cknicker@risd.edu | 401 709-5914


Browse or search Special Collections on
Fleet Library's JSTOR Institutional Collection page


Browse or search Special Collections on
Digital Commons @ RISD