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Time, which for so many of us has taken on different meanings and feelings under COVID, takes center stage in this week's newsletter, guest edited by our Circulation and Access Services staff.

Sometimes, as you'll learn in the first item below, it takes decades to return your library books. While not our preferred duration for borrowing, the bottom line is this: It's never too late to return library materials; we want to put them back into circulation for others to use, and we aim to make the process as easy as possible. Would you like to create more time? We are happy to extend in-person appointments on the spot and describe new guidelines for doing this in the fourth item below. 
 
When you do come into Fleet Library for your scheduled appointment, be sure to investigate our new book display, compiled with care and often good humor by our Circulation staff.

This week we also have a reminder about course reserves and, finally, offer a sneak peek at an exciting new collaboration between the library and the RISD Alumni Association.
 
Be safe, be here,
 
Margot McIlwain Nishimura
Dean of Libraries

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE
We've received many overdue books that we thought were “lost”, some after more than 10 years.  Imagine our happy surprise when we recently received in the mail American Sculpture 1951, after 46 years! It was found by an alum while cleaning house during the pandemic. Here's an excerpt from her lovely letter of explanation: "This book was due October 3, 1974, almost exactly 46 years ago. I fervently pray there are no overdue fees." American Sculpture 1951 is currently available as an ebook, and the returned book will soon be put back on the shelf in our circulating collection. Trust us when we tell you, it's never too late to return your library materials. Here's how.

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW BOOKS
If you have a moment before you settle into your reserved seat in the Library, be sure to check out our New Book display in the center of the Reading Room. There, you'll find a handful of our latest acquisitions. On display today, you'll find books about collectible buttons, the ubiquitous "#," and a volume that in particular tickled when it crossed our desk, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider. This funny, insightful collection of comics serves as a love letter to the printed page and the bibliophiles who obsess over it. Many of the books in the display and other additions can be found in the RISD Library Recent Acquisitions featured list in the catalog.

COURSE RESERVES: WE'RE HERE FOR YOU!
We want to help you make the most of course reserves. Students can search the online catalog by course name, course number, or by professor. Faculty can use our Course Reserves Service to put physical copies of books and media on reserve and make requests for e-reserves. A gentle reminder: course reserves requests for Spring are due two weeks before the start of the semester.

NEED MORE TIME?
If you find yourself wanting more time in the library, your in-person appointment can now be extended. You may book two 45-minute blocks per day. If booked back to back, you may stay for the 15 minutes in between. If you would like to keep working and no one is scheduled for the next appointment, we will be happy to extend your time. Just ask a member of the Circulation staff. 
COMING SOON: ALUMNI COLLECTION
We have joined forces with the RISD Alumni Association to establish an exciting new book collection featuring alumni authors, illustrators, designers and publishers. The Fleet Library at RISD Alumni Collection highlights and celebrates RISD's creative publishing community. The collection contains hundreds of titles, including books and other materials spanning a wide range of subjects, including art and design, fiction, children's literature, food, memoirs, social justice and more. Each item will have a special bookplate to identify it as part of the collection, and to recognize the alumni and their contributions to the published work.

The Collection will have a dedicated space in the Library's Main Reading Room, with many of its volumes available to circulate to the RISD community. For information about donating to the collection, please visit the Library's Gift Policy or submit using this form.

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