Student Resources

Museum, Library and Nature Lab

RISD Museum

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: The RISD Museum is closed for in-person visits, but CE instructors and students can continue to virtually explore art and ideas. Museum staff are supporting students through expanded virtual open hours, pre-professional opportunities, and more, and will work collaboratively with faculty to develop virtual, live or asynchronous class visits and assignments. Faculty and students are encouraged to utilize the museum’s expansive digital content and resources like the online collection and open API. For parents, teachers and learners of all ages, visit the connect through art anywhere page to discover hands-on activities, teaching resources and more. Learn more and request a virtual class visit.

Fleet Library

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.

COVID-19 Update: Matriculated RISD students can fully access the library’s services. For non-RISD students, 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

Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab

The following Nature Lab services are currently available:

  • The Nature Lab staff has scanned various specimens from our collection using our Artec Spider 3D Scanner. These high-resolution three-dimensional models are available for the RISD community to view and download via our Sketchfab site. Our hope is that this will give students the ability to study our specimens and appreciate their forms more effectively than they would via a flat image. The models can be digital stand-ins for the many students who use the Nature Lab’s collection for drawing, but also the .obj files can be downloaded, altered, printed and incorporated into students’ digital and physical works however they would like. Request additional scans of specific specimens.
  • An image library of natural history specimen photographs captured with our macrophotography system, scanning electron microscope, or through our various compound and dissecting microscopes available and updated on an ongoing basis. Request additional images of specific specimens.
  • Advice, consultation, and conversation on various topics related to natural history, biodesign, biomaterials, sustainable and regenerative design, collection management and specimen preparation, plant propagation and care, animal care, ecology, biology, zoology, taxonomy, microscopy, photography, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, digital map-making through Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and more. Please visit to email staff and see our hours of operation.
  • Identification of and information about natural history specimens (both found and from our collection) as well as historical information about the Nature Lab and its founder Edna W. Lawrence.
  • For matriculated RISD students: We have limited space in all Nature Lab spaces due to the pandemic. Only four visitors will be allowed each in Rooms 22 and 12 at any given time. Room 11, our BioDesign Maker Space, will not be open at all. Reservations are mandatory … no walk-ins allowed. Visitors will not be able to open cabinets, but instead we will have a staff member retrieve requested specimens. Please note that our space and hours are very limited. To reserve a seat in either Room 12 or 22, please use our Room Request Form.

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.

Art Supply Stores

RISD Store

The RISD Store carries a variety of art supplies, silkscreening, printmaking supplies, etching supplies, decorative papers, drawing papers, mounting boards and bookbinding supplies. The store also carries office supplies, digital supplies, film and video, photography, text and trade books and convenience Items, as well as a large selection of RISD-imprinted clothing and gifts.

RISD Store 3D

The RISD Store 3D stocks a variety of sculpture supplies as well as general hardware store items. The store sells sterling silver in various forms along with other jewelry supplies. Plywood, hardwood, plexiglass, glass, and metal rod can be cut to size for next-day pickup.

All students receive a 10% discount and pay no sales tax on course supplies in the RISD Store and RISD Store 3D.

COVID-19 Update: Although the RISD Store is not physically open for in-person sales, it may carry required supplies for Summer 2020 Online courses, including the option for direct shipment. Visit the RISD Store website to view a list of available supplies.

Health and Wellness

RISD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Health Services are available only to matriculating RISD students and spring 2021 graduates. Please visit the Health and Wellness site for additional information.

Disability Support Services

Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education attempts to make its classes, programs, events and services accessible by providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations. Requests for accommodations should be made at the time of registration. Arrangements for all accommodations requested less than two weeks before the start of the program/course(s) cannot be guaranteed, and many accommodations take time to arrange. It is in your best interest to make your formal requests as early as possible to ensure accommodations are in place prior to the start of the program/course(s). Failure to do so might limit our ability to meet your needs.

If you need accommodations to participate in any class, program or event offered by RISD CE, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at

Please note that modifications cannot be made to program or course curriculum. If you need access to the RISD Continuing Education office at 345 South Main Street, Providence, please contact an enrollment assistant at 401 454-6200 or for further assistance.

COVID-19 Update: Students interested in registering for academic accommodations can connect with RISD Disability Support Services via virtual intake meetings through Zoom. Please reach out to to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how DSS can support you.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Public Safety office, located on the ground floor of South Hall, 30 Waterman St., is open 24 hours a day. A Public Safety monitor is also stationed 24 hours a day at the Public Safety desk at the entrance to 15 West.

To review the annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report visit the Public Safety webpage.

Contact Public Safety for all safety and emergency medical concerns on campus (RISD Public Safety officers are Rhode Island EMTs). Uniformed Public Safety officers patrol campus buildings and areas of the city around buildings in marked cruisers, on foot and on bicycles.

Public Safety can be reached at 401-454-6666. You’re encouraged to program this number into your phone.