Museum, Library and Nature Lab
RISD CE students have access to some of RISD’s premier resources, including the RISD Museum, the Fleet Library, and the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab.
224 Benefit Street
Established in 1877 as part of a vibrant creative community, the RISD Museum stewards over 100,000 works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. The museum interprets the collection with the focus on the maker and deeply engages with art and artists, presenting ideas and perspectives that can be inspiring and complex. It aspires to create an accessible and inclusive environment that fosters meaningful relationships across all communities. RISD CE students in courses meeting 18 hours or more may visit the RISD Museum free of charge (upon presentation of enrollment confirmation and a photo ID).
The RISD Museum is open to the public. Advance tickets are required* to help ensure the safety of museum staff and visitors.
Hours: TUE, WED, SAT, SUN 10 am–5 pm, THU & FRI 12–7 pm.
*RISD CE students should identify themselves as RISD students when reserving tickets.
Fleet Library at RISD
15 West (The Mandle Building)
15 Westminster Street
Founded in 1878, the RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. Its circulating collection of more than 150,000 volumes offers unusual depth and richness in the areas of art, architecture, design and photography. The collection provides strong historical and contemporary perspectives, and specialized materials in landscape architecture, ceramics, textiles and jewelry support upper-level research. RISD’s specialized library is also noted for its artists’ books collection, its rare books, some 400 periodical subscriptions and collections of outstanding visual resources. There are free/open resources available. RISD CE students may use the library facilities, but do not have borrowing privileges. If you would like borrowing privileges, present proof of current CE enrollment registration at the circulation desk to purchase a one-year borrowing pass for $25. Likewise, your current CE enrollment registration and a photo ID is required for access to the library: simply show it to the public safety officer at the entrance. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab
13 Waterman Street
RISD’s Nature Lab is a unique resource for examining, exploring and understanding the patterns, structures and interactions of design in nature. A 1920 graduate of RISD and a long-time faculty member, Edna Lawrence founded the Nature Lab in 1937. Since then its collections – along with specialized microscopes and other equipment for studying them – have continued to grow to include more than 80,000 specimens and other items of natural history. The Nature Lab also houses live animals and plants, a natural history reference library and clipping file, and archives of slides, tapes, videos and x-ray photographs. Several RISD CE classes incorporate scheduled visits to the Nature Lab. Students may use objects in the Nature Lab as reference for their projects. Please email requests and questions to email@example.com.