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Library FAQ

Welcome to the Alfred R. Goldstein Library! This guide has the most frequently asked questions about the library.

Summer 2024 Library Hours

Alfred R. Goldstein Library Summer 2024 Hours

The Summer 2024 semester building, computer lab, and library services hours are:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Closed Saturdays and Sundays.

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm schedule during breaks. Signs will be posted for closures on the front doors and on social media. Contact the library via chat, email, or by phone call with any questions.

Ringling College ID Access Only

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

Questions? Please contact us at or 941-359-7587.

Visiting the Library

The Library address is 2700 Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234. It is located on the south side of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, to the east of Bradenton Rd. Please see the campus map for a detailed view of the campus.

Please see the following map for options. Visitors must park in designated Visitor Parking.

Goldstein Library Mission and Vision

The mission of the Alfred R. Goldstein Library is to contribute to the academic and professional success of our community by supporting and modeling curiosity, inquiry, inspiration, and knowledge creation in all of its forms.


Our vision is to provide a space for intellectual, social, collaborative, and ethical practice at the center of Ringling College’s campus. We seek to integrate state-of-the-art collections, services, technologies, and facilities into the life and work of our creative community.


Our core values are: 


  • Creativity: We facilitate creative solutions by harnessing the powerful ideas and talents of our staff and community. We encourage a culture of exploration, experimentation, and contemplation to improve our services, meet needs, and manage change.
  • Critical Thinking: We empower students by teaching them to locate and assess information and instill them with the skills necessary for academic engagement and lifelong learning.
  • Equity: We seek to defend diverse and equitable ideas, voices, identities, and expressions and to confront institutional bias and structural racism.
  • Ethics: We contribute to a culture of integrity and embolden social responsibility both locally and globally.
  • Presence: We strive to provide welcoming experiences and hands-on services in safe, comfortable spaces while also expanding our visibility and accessibility within the digital environment.

Visiting the Special Collections

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

The hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center are typically from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please note that these hours are subject to change, so we recommend visiting our website for the most current information.

Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center 

Materials in Special Collections may be viewed by appointment only, and we are open to students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public

Contact Cheri Marks, Special Collections Curator and Archivist, at or at (941) 359-7583 for general inquiries, individual research consultations, and class visits, or schedule an appointment .