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NOTES FROM THE DEAN
I am excited to announce that, as of July 15, if you are in the Providence area, you can once again stock up on all your embodied art, design, and other bibliographic favorites from Fleet Library.

Read on for more information about the first phase of the two-phase plan to get “back on our Fleet.” Providing safe access to the physical collections of the first floor is the focus of phase one. In phase two, starting September 1, more of our spaces will reopen, course reserves will be fully functional, and self-service activities, such as browsing, scanning and copying, will resume, while library staff and visitors do their part to maintain a safe and healthy de-densified campus. 

All of this “reopening” activity notwithstanding, we will still be supporting faculty and students who find themselves working remotely in the fall. We continue to expand our e-resources, and are always just an email, phone call, or Zoom invitation away!

With warmest regards from the (increasingly tangible) stacks,
Margot McIlwain Nishimura
Dean of Libraries
WE'RE BACK IN BUSINESS . . . for contactless pickup of library materials and then some
Beginning July 15, Fleet Library will be providing contactless pick-up of requested materials from the circulating collection for members of the RISD community, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm. 

To make a request, find the book(s) or other item(s) that you would like to borrow in our online catalog; then complete this form or contact risdlib@risd.edu / 401-709-5901 for assistance. After you receive an email confirmation that your items are ready for pick-up, just come inside the main library doors on the first floor of 15 West to find them packaged and waiting for you.

Members of our Circulation team are also available to scan book sections and/or articles on request, and to process course reserves. Complete this form for scans, and this form for course reserves. 

And, please don't forget that, even though most of the physical spaces of Fleet are still closed to visitors, our Research + Instruction, Visual + Materials, Archives, and Special Collections teams are all "here" to help with research needs and class preparation. 

See our COVID Remote Operations page for up-to-date information about currently available services in all areas of the Library.
WONDERING WHAT TO REQUEST?
Our Thematic Collections capture physical book displays that have taken place in the library. Some support campus-wide initiatives and highlight important areas of the collection by themes such as Art & Activism, Art & Race, Color: Theory & Practice, Contemporary North American Indigenous ArtistsMLK Speaker series, and LGBTQIA Artists to name a few. Visually browse book covers by scrolling left or right. Click on a book cover to see its record in the catalog. Ebooks are included as well as links to thematic research guides. Suggestions for new thematic collections are welcome!

HOW TO RETURN YOUR BOOKS AND OTHER MATERIALS
We recognize that returning library materials may be difficult. Please don't worry. Here's what you need to know about returning Fleet Library and interlibrary loan (ILL) materials. Questions? risdlib@risd.edu

Returning students and faculty have until October 11 to return Fleet books and materials to us.
Graduating students have until October 11 to return Fleet books and materials to us.

Ways to return materials:
  1. Book drop: If you are currently in the Providence area, you can use the book drop just inside the front doors of 15 Westminster Street (by Public Safety) anytime.
  2. Mailing: Pack the items and use low cost USPS Media Mail to ship to: Fleet Library/RISD, 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903 (email us the items you've shipped plus the tracking number). If a prepaid shipping label is helpful, please complete this form, and we will facilitate the process.
  3. If neither option works, or you have further questions, please get in touch with us by writing to risdlib@risd.edu
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