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Hartford Affiliated Users

Posted: Apr 17, 2017

Welcome to the Rensselaer Libraries! The librarians and library staff are here to help you with access to library information and services to facilitate your research.


RensSearch, Rensselaer Libraries’ homepage, provides access to tools to facilitate your research including: Quick Search, Rensselaer Libraries’ Catalog, ConnectNY, Interlibrary Loan, and Accessing Electronic Resources. You may also check your library record and renew items you have on loan.

Quick Search

Quick Search is the default search on the RensSearch homepage.

  • Including content from the Rensselaer Libraries’ catalog and a vast collection of articles and other materials (including many available in full text), it offers an easy way to search for articles, books, media and more from a single search box.

  • Interlibrary Loan requests may be initiated directly from the search results by clicking on Get it @ RPI. See: Using Get it @ RPI .

Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog

Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog is a database of materials that the Rensselaer Libraries own or have on order. If you are searching for articles in a journal or other periodical, please use Quick Search.

  • To request an item in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog with a status of AVAILABLE, complete the Rensselaer Libraries Shipping Request for Hartford Users form. Please include your complete shipping address.

  • To request an item in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog that is already out on loan, use the "Request" button on the record in the Rensselaer Libraries' Catalog. Login using your RCS ID and password.

  • If you have questions about borrowing library materials, check our borrowing policies page. It will explain how many items you may check out and for how long, as well as provide other information on using library materials.

  • You can review your library record to see the materials you currently have on loan, the due dates and renew Rensselaer owned items, if allowed. Login using your RCS ID and password. You may also access this page by clicking on "My Library Records" on the left side of RensSearch.


ConnectNY is an information system created by a consortium of libraries in New York State that enables authorized users to borrow books and other selected materials from each other's collections. Requested materials are available at the Folsom Library typically within 2 - 3 days and will be forwarded to your shipping address.

  • To request an item available in ConnectNY, use the "Request Hold" button or the "Request it" link on the record's display. Login using your RCS ID and password.

  • Renewals of ConnectNY items may be requested by contacting the Service Desk staff or by telephone at (518) 276-8310.

Interlibrary Loan

ILLiad is Rensselaer Libraries' interlibrary loan and document delivery service. Public Services staff tries to obtain published materials which are not part of Rensselaer Libraries’ collections and not available through ConnectNY for all Rensselaer faculty, staff and students. Whenever possible, the Libraries will try to obtain electronic copies of documents.

  • For articles, and material not owned by the Rensselaer Libraries, complete the appropriate request form in ILLiad.

  • If you created an ILLiad record with Cole Library, login using the same credentials.

  • For new ILLiad users, login using your RCS ID and password to create your record.

  • Verify that the shipping address in your ILLiad record is accurate.

  • When a requested article is available to download, you will receive an email.

  • Renewal of interlibrary loan items may be requested by contacting Interlibrary Loan.

Shipping Information and Policies

All requested physical material will be shipped via UPS to your shipping address.

  • Please open the shipping box carefully so that you can reuse it for return shipping.

  • A prepaid return shipping label will be included in the package.

  • Allow appropriate shipping time for materials to reach Folsom Library before the item is overdue. Approximate shipping time for UPS Ground from the Hartford area to Troy is 2-3 days.

  • Place the package in a UPS drop box, pickup location or contact UPS for a pickup of the package.

Dissertation Information

The Theses and Dissertations page provides detailed information on accessing theses and dissertations from Rensselaer and other universities.

Accessing Electronic Resources

To access Rensselaer's IP address restricted resources, use the Rensselaer Libraries' Proxy service. Login using your RCS ID and password. The proxy service is invoked, as necessary, when accessing content through RensSearch.

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