Rensselaer Libraries


Posted: Feb 10, 2017

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. Those with a current Rensselaer ID can use it to electronically unlock the doors, while others can use the intercom and request access (A photo ID may be requested upon entry.) The Greene building, which houses the Architecture Library, is locked and closed to the general public weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and weekends.

For information about access for people with disabilities, go to our Users With Disabilities page.

Book Loans
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, see our Borrowing Policies page.

Electronic Resources
Our electronic resource subscription licenses restrict access to current Rensselaer students, staff, faculty and researchers. Visitors to the library are permitted to use online databases, electronic journals, and other electronic resources on computers located on the main floor of the library. A staff member will need to sign you on to the computer 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.

General information questions about the Rensselaer Libraries may be sent to Library Support or our Ask a Librarian service. Remember to indicate your Rensselaer affiliation. Online documentation regarding library topics is available from RensSearch, the Libraries' home page.

This page is maintained by the Public Services Department - rev. 1/29/15

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