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The Roger Williams University Library has several collections in addition to our print collections and online databases.  We encourage you to browse the following 4 collections and to review our Collection Management Policy.


DOCS@RWU is the official Institutional Repository (IR) of Roger Williams University. IRs bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. To learn more and to see what's in our collection visit DOCS@RWU!



The Roger Williams University Image Collection contains approximately 47,000 digital images for use by faculty and students for educational purposes. Managed by the Visual Resources Center (VRC) at the RWU Architecture Library, the collection is made available through MDID.  While the collection is exceptionally strong in the documentation of art and architectural history, the VRC serves all of Roger Williams University and welcomes image requests from all departments.  Click here to jump to the Image Collection page.



The University Library has a rich collection of media available both in the library and online, including Films On Demand, Academic Video Online, and Music Online.  Watch streaming video, listen to over 400,000 audio tracks, search music reference sources, create play lists, and much more.  Don't forget to stop by the library and browse our DVD collection that you can borrow!  To learn more, visit the Media Collections page.


University Archives & Special Collections

The Roger Williams University Archives is the official repository for records documenting the history of the University and its predecessors, including administrative records, academic program records, student newspapers and yearbooks, and material generated faculty and student organizations.  The Archives supports the University’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge through research and teaching by acquiring, arranging and describing, preserving, and making accessible these records of enduring value.

In addition to university records, the Archives also collects materials related to the history of Bristol and the East Bay area.