Goldstein Library

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art + Design is a state-of-the-art building that seeks to transform the way that users engage with library collections and services. Architecturally stunning, the library is an active physical and digital destination on the Ringling College campus–an intellectual, cultural, social, creative, and technological hub alive with the ebb and flow of students, faculty, and visitors.

Members of the organization have check-out privileges from the research collection at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library. Additionally, members have access to electronic subscription resources for through research consultation appointments with a librarian and the opportunity to view rare books and works from the Library’s Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center.

Member Check-Out privileges include:
• Check-out up to 15 items.
• Books for up to three weeks
• CDs and CD roms for up to three days
• DVDs and Blu-Rays for up to three days
• Magazines (unbound) for one day
• Magazines/Annuals (bound) for up to five days
• Video games are not available for check-out

The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center

Housing unique collections of print and mixed-format materials, the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center provides access to a diverse survey of artists’ books and artists’ publishing projects; rare books, facsimiles, and deluxe editions with an emphasis in art, design, architecture, and the history of books and printing; catalogues raisonné; and bibliographies of artists’ books and small press publishers. It also offers support to faculty for a teaching and study collection of digital images. The reading room offers workspace for reading and research, as well as programming space for exhibitions, classes, and events.

Located on the second floor of the Goldstein Library.

Open to students, staff, faculty, and visitors, by appointment only.

For general inquiries, individual research consultations, and appointments, please contact the Special Collections Center at

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access, except from 8:30am – 4:30pm from Monday – Friday.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact to schedule an appointment.

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Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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