The Rensselaer Libraries offer a variety of services to you as an alumna/alumnus. If you have questions that are not answered here, please send an email message to one of the addresses on our Contact Us page.
The Folsom and Architecture Libraries are open to members of the Rensselaer community and the general public, however the doors to Folsom are always locked. The Greene building, which houses the Architecture Library, is locked after 5pm. Those with a current Rensselaer ID can use it to electronically unlock the doors. Others can use the intercom to ask to be let in. Those without a Rensselaer ID may be asked for photo identification.
For information about access for people with disabilities, go to our Users With Disabilities page.
Alumni/alumnae are eligible for a Rensselaer Libraries' Courtesy Card. Request a Courtesy Card at the Folsom or Architecture Library Service Desk. Borrowers with "courtesy" privileges may check out up to 3 books, documents, and/or technical reports for a three (3) week loan period. For more detailed information on Borrowing Privileges, consult our Lending and Borrowing Policies.
Interlibrary Loan / Connect NY
Use of interlibrary loan and other document delivery services, including Connect NY, are available only to current Rensselaer students, faculty and staff.
Most of our electronic resources are restricted to the Rensselaer network by licensing agreements. If you are not current student, faculty, or staff you are permitted to use online databases, electronic journals, and other resources while in the library, but you may need to ask staff to log you in as a guest.
Use of our electronic resources for commercial purposes is forbidden. Violation of this rule may lead to loss of library privileges.
Campus wireless service is restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff of Rensselaer.
For a fee in addition to other related costs, the Libraries will mail or fax copies of materials from its collections. Use the ILLiad interlibrary loan system to request these materials.
General informational questions about the Rensselaer Libraries may be sent to Library Support at any time. You can also post questions to our Ask a Librarian service. Remember to indicate your Rensselaer affiliation. Online documentation about various library topics is also available in RensSearch, the Libraries' home page.
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