2020-2021 Academic Calendar

View the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar (updated 10/14/20)

The College has been considering the timing and instructional delivery that make the most sense for Ringling College of Art and Design’s Spring semester, given the COVID-19 situation locally, statewide, nationally, and globally. Here at Ringling College, we have been fortunate and thus far have experienced very few – only three cases in total – of COVID-19 among our campus community since the beginning of the Fall semester. Our low numbers are in large part because of the conscientiousness that you students have demonstrated in following the safety protocols. I know following all these procedures is not easy, so I want to thank all of you for working so diligently to keep yourselves and others healthy.

This Fall semester, Ringling College is offering courses both in-person and remotely so that you and your families could choose the options that best meet your needs. We remain committed to these same goals for Spring 2021. Therefore, we have decided to start the Spring 2021 semester on Monday, January 25, 2021, which delays the earlier planned start by two weeks. This later start will provide you with a longer winter break and ensure students coming from international locations have sufficient time to quarantine before the start of classes. For this second semester, we will continue to deliver courses both in-person and remotely so that you and your families can make the decision about Spring semester that works best for your situation. You will be receiving a communication from Academic Affairs asking you to indicate whether you would like to maintain or change your current course delivery method and housing situation for the Spring semester. For those interested, we do have housing available. Under this new schedule, classes will end on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, with Commencement tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021. The full updated academic calendar is available online.

Like we did in the fall, we will also be implementing another baseline testing protocol for all students, faculty, and staff before the beginning of the Spring semester. We will also require adherence to the same safety protocols we have been using this Fall, including, for example, use of face coverings in public and shared spaces and physical distancing. More information about Spring semester, including testing, housing, and safety protocols for students, will be forthcoming from Student Life.

Some institutions have decided to eliminate Spring Break, and we are doing the same. However, we recognize that this mid-semester break is incredibly important for you to rest, catch up on academic work, and reset for the hard push to the end of the year. After careful consideration, we have decided to include three consecutive Focus Days in lieu of our traditional Spring Break. The Focus Days will take place Monday, March 8 – Wednesday, March 10, 2021. These days are intended to give you time away from scheduled classes so that you may FOCUS – on yourself, your projects, your overall health, and whatever you need to refuel and refresh. We know how hard you work at Ringling College and realize that this pause is crucial to your having a successful semester. On the other hand, it is essential that we not let down our guard in our continued efforts to maintain the health and well-being of our campus community. To help us do that, we are strongly discouraging you from traveling over these days. 

Academic Affairs and Student Life will be sending communications to students shortly with more specific details about the Spring 2021 term. In addition, we will be hosting virtual information sessions for students and families to learn more about the Spring semester. The first of these sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 7:00 PM. A formal invitation with Zoom link will be coming soon.

Interlibrary Loan

Attention: Due to ongoing closures from our partner libraries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to fill most book or book chapter interlibrary loan requests. We will continue to do our best to process article requests in a timely manner depending on availability.


Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant



Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Vacant


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


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.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

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.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact specialcollections@c.ringling.edu to schedule an appointment.

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