Collections & Services

Kimbrough Library is open seven days a week when classes are in session, with digital resources accessible twenty-four hours a day over the campus network and the Internet.

Digital collections deliver over one million images and sound effects, thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, and journals, and the contents of hundreds of well-known and specialized reference sources in electronic format. 

Print volumes and periodical subscriptions cover art and design history, professional practice and liberal studies as do the large DVD and video collections.  An extensive image collection is provided for faculty.

A New Acquisitions list is published every month.
Recommendations for the purchase of new materials can be submitted online.

Ringling College graduates have lifetime library privileges.

The Library is open to the public for art and design research.  Local community users are invited to support the Library by joining the Ringling College Library Association, sponsors of the Town Hall lecture series.


Reference services include one-on-one assistance, group instruction, and Library Subject Guides. Reference service is available during all regularly-scheduled library hours.


The library user instruction program provides classes tailored to discipline-based instruction or specific course assignments. All first-year students participate in basic library instruction through Writing Studio courses.

Interlibrary Loan

The library will borrow materials from other libraries for Ringling faculty, students, and staff. The library absorbs the costs associated with borrowing materials assessed by the lending institution, not to exceed $35.00. Faculty, staff, and students may submit interlibrary loan requests online. Log on at the Library Forms page and select either book or magazine request.


Open and Closed Reserve options are available with circulation periods of 1 day, 3 days, 7 days and in-house only. Open Reserves are near the Reference Collection. The Closed Reserve section is maintained at the Circulation Desk (359-7587) for faculty to place personal materials and library materials, including slide sets, on restricted use for students. Items can generally be processed and placed on Reserve within a 24 hour period. A copy of each textbook used in the current semester is added to the collection and placed on Closed Reserve.