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Library Collections

Book/Periodical Collections

    The Architecture Library occupies the west end of the third floor of the Greene Building. Books, periodicals, slides, photographs, maps, architectural drawings and other materials relating to the study and practice of architecture are part of the library's collections. Approximately 30,000 volumes of books and periodicals, both domestic and foreign are available. Most of the collections are on open-access shelves. Computer based access to the collections and online resources is available through RensSearch the Web gateway for Rensselaer Research Libraries. RensSearch also provides on- and off-campus access to full-text electronic books and journals, and well over 100 research databases and reference resources.

Graphic Collections

    The Architecture Library contains a loan collection of approximately 100,000 slides on contemporary and historical buildings, structural design, building technology, city planning, and fine arts. Over 5,000 of these images have been digitized to date and an additional 3,000 digital images are available online via the library's subscription to the Saskia Ltd. digital database. Rensselaer Libraries also subscribe to several licensed image databases such as the AMICO Library (Art Museum Image Consortium) and AccuNet/AP (Associated Press) Photo Archive.

    The physical items are housed in the Slide Room of the Architecture Library. In addition to color and b&w slides there are also collections of photographs, prints, maps, drawings, and models almost exclusively on architectural topics.

Multimedia Materials

    The Architecture Library maintains a collection of videotapes, CD-ROMs, and other software on art and architectural topics. The collection includes reference materials, indexes, and lectures by faculty and visiting architects.


    The microform collection is located in the Slide Room of the Architecture Library. The microfiche collection includes architectural surveys such as the Historic American Buildings Survey, The Historic American Engineering Survey, and the Armenian Architecture Archives. The microfilm collection contains lectures on art and architectural subjects.
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