Goldstein Library Opens with Book Passing Ceremony

Earlier this week the new Goldstein Library was opened to the public following the ceremonious passing of the books and a soft launch for faculty and staff. Over 200 Ringling College students, faculty, and staff participating in passing 200 carefully selected books from the previous Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library to the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, snaking across campus—and across an intersection!—to usher in the newest facility on campus.

Inside you’ll find three floors filled with computer labs, student lounges, work rooms, cafes, and of course, an awe-inspiring amount of books and artistic resources available to students 24/7! Large enough to house the entire Ringling College collection at 46,000 square ft, the new library offers 65,000 books and periodicals and 10,000 additional items, such as DVDs, games, and Blu-Rays.

Upon entering the library, you’ll see a three-story mural created by Ringling Fine Arts alum Julie Kanapaux (class of 2000). Her artwork, Momentum, was selected from over 200 entries as part of a campus contest open to Ringling College students and alumni. This week’s opening marked its unveiling—congratulations Julie!

Finally, a huge thank you to donors Isabel Norton and Carolyn Johnson for their incredible fundraising efforts and to Alfred Goldstein, long-time friend and supporter of Ringling College, for helping make this facility a reality.

If you would like more information about the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/ringlinglibrary.

In the Media

See what the media is saying about the event!

Herald Tribune: http://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20170109/raves-for-new-ringling-college-library

SRQ Daily: http://www.srqmagazine.com/srq-daily/2017-01-11/5502_Ringling-Unveils-New-Library–New-Mural

Observer: http://www.yourobserver.com/photo-gallery/ringling-welcomes-students-and-staff-to-new-library

Bradenton Herald: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/education/article125498224.html

ABC Segment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By290MYTpfctNFJ3Z3RFNFlqa2s/view?usp=sharing

UnRavel: http://www.unravel.us/2017/01/10/five-coolest-things-saw-opening-ringling-college-art-designs-new-library/

SNN TV: http://www.snntv.com/2017/01/10/alfred-r-goldsteing-ringling-college-library-caters-creative-minds/






Director of Library Services


Claire Powell

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian





Alexandra Vargas-Minor

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 (Assistant Circulation Manager)  



Assistant Circulation Manager


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant 


Jean Ferderber

Circulation Assistant Sooyeon Baek


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

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Sunday: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm schedule during breaks.

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

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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