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Rensselaer Libraries

The Rensselaer Libraries offer over 400,000 volumes, 20,000-plus electronic journals, and over 100,000
e-book titles.

Research Libraries

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.

Ask-A-Librarian service available for in-person, phone, or e-mail reference and consulting assistance.

When researchers need material not held by one of the Rensselaer Libraries, they can initiate online interlibrary loan requests and may request books from the many participating college and university libraries in the ConnectNY consortium.

Folsom Library:

  • Over 400,000 volumes.
  • 20,000-plus electronic journal titles.
  • over 100,000 e-book titles.
  • Hundreds of research databases.

Architecture Library:

  • Over 30,000 books and periodicals.

RensSearch, the Rensselaer 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 Libraries continue to be an important “place” on campus for intellectual and social nourishment. In addition to conducting their research and studying, students can socialize and grab a bite to eat in the Folsom 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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