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Special Collections

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the RIC Library will only allow access to RIC students, faculty, staff and affiliates. General public use of the library will be prohibited to adhere to Executive Order 20-04 of the State of Rhode Island related to public gatherings of 25 or more people. This will be in effect until at least April 7.

During this period RIC students, faculty and staff may access Special Collections by appointment only. Please email for any questions or to schedule.


About Special Collections

The James P. Adams Library's Special Collections consist of rare and special books, papers, manuscripts, artifacts and collections of source materials on a variety of topics relevant to the RIC community, college programs, and Rhode Island history. Topics include education, ethnic groups in Rhode Island, and socio-political materials.

Special Collections also include the College Archives, a rich repository of the history, records, and memorabilia of Rhode Island College.

Faculty and Student Scholarship, including faculty and alumni publications and student theses, are collected and held by Special Collections. These works may also be submitted to the DigitalCommons@RIC repository.

The Special Collections Department is home to the Library's Digital Initiatives Unit, which is responsible for managing the DigitalCommons@RIC repository, stewarding the Library's unique digital collections, and digitization and research in support of online access to materials from Special Collections.

Hours and Contact Information

*Special Collections are non-circulating and cannot leave the Reading Room*

Location: 4th floor of Adams Library, Room 413

Hours (by appointment): Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm


Molly Bruce Patterson, Digital Archivist & Special Collections Librarian