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Open House

Ringling College of Art and Design is a special place. A place where students from around the world come to learn from creative minds who are leaders in their fields. A place that prepares you to turn your passion for creativity into a successful career. A place where you’ll work hard. A place where you’ll be challenged. But also a place where you’ll have the time of your life. A place to meet your best friends. A place to find yourself. A place to grow. We’re home to a new generation of creative visionaries. We can’t wait to see you!

Open House is a great opportunity to get to know Ringling College from the people who know it best—our students and faculty. You’ll have the opportunity to explore our majors, learn about life on campus, find out how to apply, and much more.

Spring 2023 Open House

The Spring 2023 Open House will be held Saturday, February 11, from 9 am to 2 pm.

More information about the event, including a detailed schedule and registration information will be posted here as soon it becomes available.


Join us on campus to meet students and faculty, learn all about our majors, tour the campus, and get tips on how to create a terrific portfolio. Find out about living on campus, career services, student activities and clubs, financial aid, and much more.

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Make sure to check out the schedule to learn about all of the different activities and presentations you can take advantage of while on campus. 


There is ample parking on our campus and student ambassadors will be available to direct and assist. Please refer to the Campus Map for available lots. We recommend parking in the lots located off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way as these lots are closest to the Check-in tent. Check-in is located as you enter main campus from Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Please refer to the event schedule and map for specific location. We are able to accommodate one student and up to two guests per family. It’s usually sunny here in Southwest Florida, but it’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella!

Visiting Sarasota

A list of local hotels, with discounted rates for Ringling College families, is available to help you with your travel plans. And, while you’re in town be sure to check out the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College as well as some of the local hotspots.


Office of Admissions
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL  34234-5895

Fall 2022 Open House Recap

More than 300 students from across the country and their families attended the Fall 2022 Open House event, bringing an estimated 850 people to campus following Hurricane Ian. Read more.

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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.

Ringling College ID Access Only

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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Ringling College of Art + Design
Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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We welcome recommendations for new library materials from the Ringling College community. Librarians will consider all requests bearing in mind their appropriateness for the collections and the current budget.
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