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
A major cultural institution in Rhode Island, the RISD Museum houses more than 86,000 works of fine and decorative art ranging from ancient times to the present. It is the only comprehensive art museum in southeastern New England and, as such, is a vital cultural resource both for RISD and the broader community. With seven curatorial departments, the museum offers a rich and varied program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications. It is dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures, and to educating and inspiring artists and designers, families, scholarly researchers and students of all ages. RISD CE students in courses meeting 18 hours or more may visit the RISD Museum free of charge (upon presentation of registration statement and a photo ID).
COVID-19 Update: In response to COVID-19, the RISD Museum is closed until further notice. RISD faculty and students can visit the using the museum from home page to take advantage of several available remote resources. For parents, teachers and learners of all ages, visit the connect through art anywhere page to discover hands-on activities, teaching resources and more.
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. RISD CE students may use the Library facilities, but do not have borrowing privileges. If you would like borrowing privileges, you may become a member for a discounted rate of $25 a year. To access the Fleet Library in 15 West, simply provide your CE registration statement and picture ID to the public safety officer at the entrance.
COVID-19 Update: For Fall 2020, Fleet Library has expanded its collection of free/open electronic resources. Please view the Free/Open Resources page for more information. For questions, please contact email@example.com.
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.
COVID-19 Update: The Nature Lab is closed to visitors until further notice. Staff are available for online consultation and technical support for RISD students and RISD faculty, according to equipment and specimen availability. Please view the contact page to email requests and questions to specific individuals.