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Library FAQ

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

Spring 2024 Library Hours

Alfred R. Goldstein Library Spring 2024 Hours

The Goldstein Library will resume regular semester hours on Monday, January 8th, 2024 at 8:00 AM.

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

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday: Noon – 6:00 PM

Sunday: Noon – 11:00 PM

Spring Semester runs until April 27, 2024.

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

Q: Where is the Library located on campus?

A: 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. 

Q: Where can I park?

A: Please see the following parking map for options. 

Q: What is the Library's web address?


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:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

Contact to schedule an appointment or visit