Living in Sarasota

Way More than a Beach Town

Although we are home to America’s #1 beach, Siesta Key, Sarasota has so much more to offer for the aspiring artist and designer. Every night you’ll find plenty of options for live music, theater, gallery openings and more. Yes, we are a city of painters, dancers, singers, and filmmakers, but we are also a restless group of entrepreneurs, inventors, tech start-ups, and business owners. The energetic environment and incomparable quality of life in Sarasota create opportunities to join exciting new ventures all the time—or even start something of your own!

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Live It Up

Living in Sarasota means never having to hide from the weather. Enjoy outdoor activities all year long! Meet friends at the local skatepark, bike the 10-mile Legacy Trail, go to spring training at the ballpark, or take a January run on the beach. Not only is the weather practically perfect, but the air is fresh and the sun stays out late – so you can too.


Live it, breathe it, eat it.

Not just for beach bums

Since its founding, Sarasota has been a cultural mecca, drawing the attention of the creative and free spirited, the inspired, and the wild. We are a town of art, history, food, and music from all across the globe. Explore the grounds of the 66-acre Ringling Estate through the Bayfront gardens, the historic Ca’ d’zan mansion, the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum and the Asolo Theater. Catch a play in the village of historic theaters in downtown Sarasota. Taste the produce and concoctions of local vendors at the weekly downtown farmer’s market, and kick up your feet at one of the many live music venues around town. 

Where international cultures collide

Attracting people from all over the world, Sarasota is a foodie’s delight with Ethiopian coffee shops, Polish Pierogi delis, and Bavarian bakeries. In the mood for an international, indie, or foreign film? Our local cinemas are dedicated to finding first-run, hand-picked foreign language and art films. On top of that, every year we host the Sarasota Film Festival bringing international film and cinematic events to the community.

Beautiful Beaches + Beyond

A piece of paradise

The six islands lining the coast of Sarasota—Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, St. Armand’s Key and Casey Key—offer a varied array of beaches, each with its own distinct personality. Start a game of volleyball on the cool, white sands of Siesta, launch a canoe off of Turtle Beach, grill out on Coquina Beach, or head over to see some old-world Florida on Casey Key. If you’re feeling adventurous, grab a kayak and visit some beaches you just can’t access by land alone!

Sarasota’s hidden natural gems

Sarasota’s picturesque Myakka River State Park comprises 7,500 acres of Florida flatlands, home to alligators, bald eagles, ospreys, Sandhill cranes, and so much more. Hike through trails canopied by Spanish moss, palm trees, and oaks, and kayak around the twisting mangroves and boggy marshes to soak up sun and spot some manatees.

Nestled in the heart of Sarasota County is Oscar Scherer State Park, offering miles of hiking through Florida scrubby flatlands in addition to canoeing, fishing, picnicking, bicycling, and camping. 

There is always something to discover in Sarasota, so go wild!



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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