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Research Libraries at RPI

Rensselaer’s research libraries offer over 1/2 million volumes, 30,000-plus electronic journals, over twenty e-book databases, and several extensive image databases.

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Research Libraries
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Folsom’s fourth floor provides panoramic views of New York’s Capital Region and the Hudson Valley. A unique stainless steel water sculpture, designed by Charles Moore, rises from Folsom Library’s third floor up through the fourth floor.

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A “Virtual Reference” service places patrons, wherever they are, just a mouse click away from consulting a reference librarian.

When researchers need material not held by one of the Research Libraries, they can initiate online interlibrary loan requests or use the Connect NY service to borrow books directly from a statewide consortia holding over 3,500,000 titles. They may also borrow books in person from more than 50 regional libraries.

Folsom Library:

  • Over 1/2 million volumes.
  • 30,000-plus electronic journals.
  • 20-plus e-book databases.
  • Hundreds of research databases.

Architecture Library:

  • Over 30,000 books and periodicals.
  • 100,000-plus slides.

Cole Library:

  • Supporting Rensselaer Hartford Campus

Reference and Instructional Services’ librarians with subject expertise are available to assist students and researchers personally as well as to provide specialized classes and workshops on topics ranging from “Patents Searching” to “Research in a Digital Library.”

The newest reference feature is an online information literacy tutorial tailored for undergraduates.

RensSearch, the Rensselaer Research Libraries’ information gateway, provides a variety of services including an online catalog, access to electronic resources, guides to services, and the latest library news.

Notwithstanding the emphasis on digital resources, the Rensselaer Research Libraries continue to be an important “place” on campus for intellectual and social nourishment.

Patrons socialize and grab lunch in Folsom’s Library Café, peruse the latest best-selling fiction and non-fiction books in Folsom’s Class of ’96 Reading Room, or just relax in the Architecture Library’s bright and airy reading room. Small group meeting rooms can be reserved for collaborative work and group study.

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