Welcome to the Rensselaer Libraries. The librarians and library staff are here to help you with your research and teaching needs. We hope this guide will provide a useful starting point for access to library information and services.
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 weekdays after 5pm and weekends. Those with a current Rensselaer ID can use it to electronically unlock the doors of Folsom. 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, see our Users With Disabilities page.
Most book loans from the Rensselaer Libraries are for 16 weeks, but subject to recall for other researchers. Other materials, such as DVDs, have shorter loan periods. For more information see Borrowing Policies.
The Libraries maintain a class reserves system. Information regarding how to place materials online or on the hold shelf may be found on the Faculty Class Reserves page.
Access to licensed electronic resources requires authentication with an RCS ID and password when off campus.
Use of our electronic resources for commercial purposes is forbidden. This includes students working on co-ops and internships and faculty engaged in consulting. Violation of this rule may lead to loss of library privileges.
InterLibrary Loan / Connect NY
The Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service allows you to request books and other documents that are not available from our library. Journal articles are delivered electronically. To register for this service, use the following link, ILLiad and select "New User."
Charges may be incurred for some items.
Connect NY allows the requesting of books from a consortia of academic libraries. These books are loaned for 3 weeks and are typically delivered within 2 - 4 days to the Folsom Library.
Scanning & Photocopy Services
The libraries offer photocopy services for print materials. The photocopy machine accepts coins and bills. Microform copies may be saved to a flash drive. Researchers may also submit requests via the ILLiad interlibrary loan system to have library staff retrieve and scan journal articles. Requested materials will be delivered by email as PDFs.
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