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Drop-In Hours & Location

Drop-In Hours (Fall and Spring Semester)
Monday - Friday: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., or by appointment
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Please check the Goldstein Library Hours for semester closings and holidays.

Ringling College of Art + Design
2nd floor of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

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Contact Information

Questions? Just Ask!

Janelle Rebel
Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian
(941) 359-7583

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier
Digital Collections Assistant
(941) 309-4055

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Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center

The Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center specializes in artists’ publication projects, prints, and rare books.

Hands-On Object-Based Research
Gather ideas for a creative project, engage in scholarly research, or discover something new. Gain hands-on experience utilizing original source materials in our reading room, and explore our unique collections through an active exhibition program and campus events.

Collection Types
We have a growing and diverse survey of contemporary artists' publication projects from the 1960s to the present, a small study collection of broadsides and prints, and rare books from the late 18th century to the present.

You'll find: broadsides, democratic multiples, documentation of time-based projects, engravings, exhibition publications, experimental writing, fine press books, handmade editions, photo-bookworks, prints, rare books, and zines.

Open to Everyone
Open to students, staff, faculty, art and design practitioners, and the general public. 
If you’d like to schedule a research consultation, class visit, or group tour please contact our Center staff in advance.

Faculty Resources
As a teaching resource for faculty, the Center can be booked for class visits, reading events, critique sessions, performances, and extracurricular activities. Center staff provide orientations to the collections, pull pertinent resources in advance of a class visit, and suggest ways of incorporating the materials into project briefs and assignments.

Current Exhibitions

Two new exhibits up for ArtWalk

Friday, November 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Textile and Wallpaper Block Printing, 18th to 20th c.
Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center hallway
Opens November 9, 2018

This new permanent exhibit presents a historical snapshot of the hand and machine processes involved in creating pattern blocks and producing decorative designs for wearable textiles and home furnishings. The blocks, castings, and roller on display were generously donated to the Center by Patrick Lindhardt, Professor Emeritus, Ringling College of Art + Design.

Step and Repeat: Pattern in Artists’ Publications
Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center
November 9, 2018 through December 15, 2018

Step and Repeat excavates the pleasures of pattern in the coverings, interiors, linings, and details of thirty artists’ publications. Visually arranged into conceptual motifs (flora & fauna, power, psychedelic, geometric, experimental, liquid, figures, and security), these books aim to mesmerize, distract, propel, disrupt, and entice the reader.

Events and Opportunities

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Paper Jam! Alternative Book Fair

Saturday, December 1, 2018
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Ringling College of Art and Design

Paper Jam is an alternative book fair featuring comics, zines, graphic novels, artists’ books, photobooks, creative writing, illustrated books, and experimental printed matter, hosted at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design. At this annual event, Ringling College students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to sell their work alongside alumni, local artists, and special guests.

Apply today!

Click here for the full schedule of free preparatory drop-in workshops for Ringling College students, faculty, and staff.

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Organized by the Letterpress & Book Arts Center, Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center, and Goldstein Library in collaboration with SRQ Zine Fest.