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Folsom Facts

Posted: Aug 1, 2016

The Building

Folsom Library Building

The Richard G. Folsom Library opened in 1976, making it the 6th library location since the Institute's founding in 1824. It was designed by architects Quinlivan, Pierik and Krause. The total cost was $6.9 million. It is named for Richard Gilman Folsom, then president of Rensselaer.


Staggering Collections
  • Over 385,000 bound volumes (books/journals)
  • Aproximately 225 print journal subscriptions
  • Over 34,000 electronic journals
  • Over 50,000 electronic books
  • Seating for 1,000 patrons

Something for Everyone...

Have at bite at the Library Café.
  • DVDs on 2nd floor/north
  • Travel books and current popular books on 2nd floor/west
  • New Books on 2nd floor/east
  • Library Cafe on 2nd floor/southeast
  • Outside balcony on 2nd floor/west
  • CDs on 3rd floor/southwest
  • Spectacular view of downtown Troy on 4th floor/west
  • Wireless Internet access on all floors

If We Don't Have It, You Can Still Get It

If we don't have it we will find it

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If you have found a citation for a book or a journal article, conference
paper, technical report or patent that we don't have, we will virtually scour the globe to find it for you. Just register
as an ILLIAD user by clicking on the ILLIAD link on under Services on RensSearch.

Through the Capital District Library Access Catalog, available on CD and online, you can get information about the holdings of more than 50 area libraries within driving distance of Troy. These include academic, public, law, medical and technical libraries, jointly holding more than 8 million book and 35,000
periodical titles. You can borrow books directly from these libraries, with a Direct Access Card (DAP) available at the Folsom or Architecture Service Desk.

ConnectNY is a combined catalog of 18 cooperating academic libraries, with over 5 million titles, that allows you to borrow materials from other ConnectNY libraries if we do not own the book or if our copy is unavailable.

RensSearch: Rensselaer Libraries' Information Gateway

Find it with RensSearch

RensSearch uses Web-based technology to provide you with a variety of services including:

  • Online Catalog
  • Databases
  • Electronic Full-Text Journals
  • Online Interlibrary & ConnectNY Requests

For more information, contact the Folsom Library Service Desk staff (276-8310) or

All This and a Great View Too!

A great view

Folsom Library is perfectly situated to provide a tremendous viw of the Hudson Valley and the Capital region. Visit the Class of '96 Reading Room on the west side of the second floor to enjoy a good book or current magazine, a comfortable chair, and wonderful scenery. The view only gets better on the upper floors. So, for a study break, revive your circulation by climbing the stairs to the 4th floor and stretch your eyes by looking as far into the distance as you can.

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Photography by Matt Benzing.

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