Rensselaer Libraries

Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond

Posted: May 11, 2011

Welcome to Troy and to RPI! This guide is a brief introduction to the Libraries and to our staff, collections and services.

We have created a Library Survival Guide to get you started with the most important facts you need to make the most of the Libraries and and our resources. Folsom Facts is a brief introduction to interesting facts about the Folsom Library. Stop in Folsom Library and pick up a copy of our library tour pamphlet to become familiar with our services and collections.

Electronic Books:

Electronic books, also known as ebooks and online books, provide the same texts and images as their print versions, but in a digital format. Some ebooks are available freely on the Web, but most are available only if the Libraries pay an annual subscription for access.

Local Newspapers:

A quick way to learn about Troy, Albany and the Capital District, is to check out the local newspapers. Each of the local newspapers has an online version that presents the highlights from each day's news and limited archives.

Albany Times Union

Troy Record

You may also want to check out Metroland Online, The Alternative News Weekly of New York's Capital Region, the online version of the free weekly paper distributed in many locations on campus.

History of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

The Libraries have books and other resources about the history of the university. These include:

Ricketts, Palmer C. History of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1934. New York, J. Wiley, London, Chapman & Hall, 1934. [Call # T 171 R49 R5 1934] Online version

Rezneck, Samuel. Education for a technological society; a sesquicentennial history of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1968). [Call # T171.R495 R48] Online version

Phelan, Thomas. Rensselaer, where imagination achieves the impossible : an illustrated history of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Troy, NY : Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, c1995. [Call # T 171 R49 P53x 1995]

The Institute Archives has many of the records that support research on the history of Rensselaer. Several historical publications about the Institute have been digitized and are available online. There is also an online gallery of exhibits dealing with Institute history including Amos Eaton, the Approach, and Women at Rensselaer.

Leisure Collections

In the mood for some leisure reading?
Looking for a change from textbook chapters and journal articles?
Need some DVDs or CDs for the weekend?
Remember the Library, and its collection of current "bestseller" books and popular movies. Books range from science fiction to pop culture to self-help. Popular magazine titles include: Chess Life, Cycling World, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sports Illustrated and Wired. Movies include both recent releases and classics; music CDs cover a wide range of world cultures, There is also a "leave one-take one", freely circulating paperback book collection. You may take any books you wish to read, and we encourage you to recycle your own unwanted books here.

Virtual Introduction to Troy and Vicinity

TroyNet: " On the banks of the Hudson River in scenic upstate New York, Troy offers a bustling marina, a thriving arts community, and new business opportunities. TroyNet is an online resource for the community that presents information about Troy. Use this site to learn about Troy's History, Arts Community, Business Opportunities and much more."

Capital District information from RPInfo: Troy, Albany, and Beyond

Troy, New York--Home of Uncle Sam : from NYCAP, the local Time-Warner/RoadRunner affiliate

Rensselaer County Historical Society : "...a dynamic non-profit, private educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life."

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